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New York Yankees: Ranking The Worst Mark Teixeira Meltdowns



3. September 8, 2012 — Mark Teixeira vs. Orioles

In the heat of a pennant race, the Yankees were faced with a meaningful game with their divisional rivals, the Baltimore Orioles. With the Yankees trailing 5-3 in the ninth inning, Jim Johnson, Baltimore’s closer, surrendered three straight singles to load the bases with no outs.

After a force out which scored a run and left it up to Teixeira, he banged into a 4-6-3 double play with runners on the corners to end the game. Or did he?

With a headlong dive into first, he was evidently safe, which would have tied the ballgame. After the blown call, both he and first base coach Mick Kelleher were absolutely livid. With today’s methodology involving instant replay, there would have been extra innings.

Teixeira remained livid during his postgame interview:

“I’m pretty sure the game was televised, so, you know, everyone saw what it was … It was a terrible call. It happens … Sometimes, you wonder if the umpires just want to get out of there. They don’t want you to make a comeback; they want you to go home. Those were terrible calls.”

The questionable matchup tied the Yanks and O’s atop the AL East. Fortunately, for karma’s sake, the Yankees prevailed as AL East champions and defeated the Orioles in five games in the ALDS.

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