NEW YORK (WFAN) — Mark Teixeira will retire from baseball with 14 years of memories, more than 400 home runs, a World Series ring and zero scandals.
In an interview with WFAN’s Suzyn Waldman, the Yankees first baseman said he was offered performance-enhancing drugs by teammates but he vowed to stay clean.
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“First of all, it’s not fair. … I’ve been a little bit outspoken about it, but you don’t want to be the guy (that) that’s all you ever talk about is how bad PEDs are. Because they are a part of the game, and it’s unfortunate,” the three-time All-Star said.
“But I told myself at a very young age that I wasn’t going to do drugs to play baseball. It’s cheating, let’s be honest. If you cheat in any other walk of life, you get punished, and you’re usually not allowed to stay in your job. In baseball, we’ve gotten strong against PEDs, but, for me, there was no tolerance.
“My teammates knew right away they could offer it to me once, but don’t do it again because I’ll call them out on it.”
Teixeira will be honored before the Yankees’ Oct. 2 regular season finale against the Orioles.
“No regrets,” Teixeira said of his career. “I tell everybody I’m always going to remember the success. I’m going to remember the wins, the home runs, the great plays. I’m not going to remember, I’m not going to dwell on the strikeouts and when we lost. It’s like your best friends or your mom when she passes away — you don’t remember the times you had arguments. You don’t remember when you didn’t get along with that person. You remember all the great times.”
To listen to the full interview, in which Teixeira also discusses his proudest moments in baseball, click on the audio player above.