We all know the famous story of Mark Teixeira coming to camp last season, hoping to have a good year after missing almost the entire 2013 season with a wrist injury. However, Teixeira’s year didn’t go the way he planned; he didn’t contribute much offensively and got hurt a lot. This year, Teixeira is coming into camp with a new mindset and hopes he can bounce back after two years of sub-par baseball.
“I was weaker than I’d probably ever been in my whole career last year just because of the injury the year before and not being able to work out like I usually do,” Teixeira said. “This was just a great offseason all around. … I probably lost two pounds; 15 pounds of fat I lost and gained 13 pounds of muscle, so I ended up losing about two pounds. Just shows how much deficit there was.”
Teixeira went on a diet that consisted of no gluten, no dairy and no sugar, changed his personal trainer and did the weight-heavy workouts he did when he was a younger player. Many of his dietary changes were made to fight off inflammation and the intense weight training was to get himself back to the player he once was–a player who hit 30 HR’s and notched 100 RBI’s.
“I’ve always been a big, strong guy,” he said. “Always been a big weight lifter. I convinced myself one offseason that I wanted to work on my swing more, and swung so much that I blew out my wrist. You learn. You learn from mistakes. I think you’re always learning from mistakes. I kind of basically just went back to what I’ve always done, and that’s just hit the weights really hard because I need to be strong. I’m a power hitter, a guy that has to drive the ball from both sides of the plate, and that’s what I did this offseason. Last year, I came into spring training hoping to have a good year. I really didn’t know where I was. I knew I wasn’t feeling great, knew I wasn’t 100 percent. This year I expect to have a great year.”
— Mariano Rivera was seen in camp today serving as an instructor. I’m not a betting gal, but I’m heavily betting he’s not going to pull an Andy Pettitte and un-retire. Still, it was a nice thought while it lasted.
— If you were a fan of “Foul Territory with Mark Teixeira”, you might want to sit down for this one: the show’s been cancelled. Teixeira said it was only meant to be a one-season thing because there were so many new guys. It’s sad actually; I was really looking forward to an episode with Chase Headley and Alex Rodriguez.
— The entire Yankees 40-man roster attended an anti domestic violence training session that was mandated by the commissioner. I don’t think this is something you have to worry about with this particular team, but the meeting was mandatory so…what are you gonna do?
— Carlos Beltran had another full day of workouts and reported no problems with the elbow. Just throwing this out there, if there’s anyone the fans should keep their eye on this season, it has to be Carlos Beltran. I personally don’t think his elbow is 100% healthy.