An emotional Mark Teixeira announced his retirement at Yankee Stadium a few minutes ago.
He was misty from the outset of his presser, noting that “Teixerias are criers.” And he had clearly thought about what he wanted to say as he announced the beginning of the end of his career:
“After 14 years, it’s time for me to do something else . . . I got to live out my dream and had more success than I could ever imagine . . . I gave you everything I had. It wasn’t always enough but I tried my best. I’m proud to have a World Series ring with the Yankees.”
Teixeira, who now makes his home in Westchester County, New York, said he’d “be a Yankees fan forever.” He said “I’ll miss hitting a home run,” and “from seven to ten o’clock, I’ll miss that time.”
The Yankees have 54 games left. After that, Mark Teixeira’s career is over. If you enjoy him — and it’s pretty hard not to — enjoy those remaining games.