Papi, Sox, listen up … no dancing on that Yankee Stadium field for you. No soup for you, either.#Yankees pic.twitter.com/SZ7mbBmpOp
— Elite Sports NY (@EliteSportsNY) September 29, 2016
In the final week of his career, New York Yankees’ first baseman Mark Teixeira rocketed a walk-off grand slam to secure a win over the Boston Red Sox.
With the Boston Red Sox needing one more out to celebrate a divisional crown, Mark Teixeira made sure that the only ones dancing in the rain would be the Bronx Bombers.
The 36-year-old will bring his 14-year career to an end on Sunday, but he had, at least, one more climactic moment on a rainy Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
After the New York Yankees fell 3-0 entering the final frame, they rallied off Craig Kimbrel to pull the game within two runs.
Joe Kelly came on to clean up the bases-loaded mess left by Boston’s closer until Teixeira came up with two outs and standing in the Red Sox’s way of celebrating their already clinched American League East crown on his home turf.
After taking a called first strike, Mark sent what could be the final “Tex Message” of his career into the bullpen in right to complete the comeback and a remarkably dramatic 5-3 Yankees’ win.
Sorry, Sox, there will be no dog-pile happening for you tonight. In fact, only a pretty cumbersome champagne-popping party.
The grand slam was the first one in walk-off fashion since Alex Rodriguez crushed one on April 7, 2007. More importantly, though, it keeps New York’s narrow Wild Card hopes alive and gives Teixeira what could be his last “big” home run in pinstripes.
In fact, no one would blame him if he were to cancel his phone bill after that blast, as that’s one hell of a way to ride into the sunset.
MARK TEIXEIRA WALKOFF GRAND SLAM!@Yankees defeat the Red Sox 5-3.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) September 29, 2016