NEW YORK (WFAN) — Mark Teixeira called into Mike Francesa’s show Thursday, a day after the retiring Yankee hit a walk-off grand slam to beat the Red Sox.
Teixeira said he was only thinking about hitting a line-drive, game-tying single off Boston right-hander Joe Kelly.
“I wasn’t trying to hit a home run,” Teixeira said. “But he threw a ball down and in, kind of right into my sweet spot.
“I crushed that ball. I hit it as good as I could hit it. Ninety-nine miles an hour. I knew it had a chance, but because of that wind, I really wasn’t sure until it went out.”
Teixeira will be honored before the Yankees’ regular season finale Sunday. He said he’s trying to enjoy every minute of his last few days as a baseball player.
“After the games, especially after the game last night, you can sit back and just kind of appreciate the career that you’ve had and how difficult it is,” Teixeira said. “It’s not easy to play this game, and for the last 14 years, I’ve played it pretty well.”
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