Mark Teixeira suffers dugout meltdown, blasts third base coach (video)
Mark Teixeira wasn’t pleased in the least with New York Yankees third base coach Joe Espada during Monday’s 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers, suffering a mega meltdown in the dugout that included the throwing of garbage cans. The first baseman then blasted Espada in comments made to the media, blaming the third base coach waving him home on a play where he was thrown out.
Teixeira, on second base with two outs in the top of eighth inning, was given the green light by Espada on a bloop single to center Chase Headley. Espada waved him in as he rounded third and was tagged out on a throw to catcher Robinson Chirinos by center fielder Leonys Martin.
Teixeira was visibly irate as he stormed to the dugout. Then a garbage can felt the brunt of his anger.
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Teixeira contends that Espada indicated there wouldn’t be a play at the plate, something that obviously was not the case.
“There was no miscommunication,” he said, according to a report from NJ Advanced Media’s Ryan Hatch. “Joe just told me, ‘Easy, easy,’ which means there’s going to be no play at the plate. It’s just a mistake.”
But Teixeira wasn’t done blasting the coach.
“That can’t happen,” he said. “I’m sure it won’t ever happen again. It can’t happen.”
The crux of the first baseman’s frustration revolved around his concern that he could have suffered an injury by going in blind about a potential play at the plate.
“Yeah, for a lot of reasons,” he said. “I can get hurt. I’m not expecting a play at the plate. That’s a big run. There are a lot of reasons why that can’t happen.”
Espada took responsibility for what transpired and apparently apologized to Teixeira, adding he didn’t believe at the time that there would be a play at the plate.
In the end, it appears Teixeira’s frustration was temporary and that he harbors no ill will toward Espada.
“Joe is great; I love Joe Espada,” he said. “He apologized and it’s over with. But it’s a big mistake.”