Teixeira unfazed by Sox owner's words
Yankees slugger won't escalate clash after jab on Twitter
NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira does not use Twitter, so he had no idea that Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry dropped a celebratory three-word nugget onto the Internet on Thursday night making fun of the Yankees' struggles in Boston.
Teixeira laughed when he was informed that Henry had written, "The MT curse?" on his Twitter account after New York was swept out of Fenway Park after Thursday's 4-3 loss. But if the first baseman decides to jump into the social networking craze, it's safe to say he probably won't be adding Henry to his "follow" list.
"There's no reason to get into a war of words with a 70-year-old man," Teixeira said. "It doesn't make any sense."
Henry actually turns 60 in September, but for the record, he did not dispute that "MT" referred to Teixeira, whom the Red Sox pursued last winter before the 29-year-old inked an eight-year, $180 million deal with the Yankees.
"I have a great admiration for what he brings to the Yankees and to baseball," Henry wrote in an e-mail to MLB.com. "One of the best players in game."
Teixeira has played like an All-Star this year for New York, batting .289 with an American League-leading 19 home runs entering Friday's Subway Series opener against the Mets. But his Bronx Bombers are winless in eight tries against Henry's Red Sox in 2009, and Teixeira was skeptical that Henry's "tweet" contained no malice.
"You guys make the decision," Teixeira told reporters. "Whose reputation looks better right now?"
Teixeira said that the game is a business and the Yankees made him the top offer, adding, "I made the best decision for me, and it's worked out great."
The slugger added that he and agent Scott Boras spoke to "10 or 12 teams" this past offseason and said that if 11 owners want to be upset with him, he is fine with that.
"I love playing this game," Teixeira said. "If I have offended anybody from the time that I was 18 years old until now, I'm sorry. I don't know what else to say. It's a little silly. It's actually very silly. There's nothing else to say."