Teixeira holds online chat with fans
Slugger discusses Yankee Stadium, Mo's 500th and more
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira interacted with fans during a live Web chat Tuesday. He answered questions about the state of the Yankees, Yankee Stadium, the 2009 All-Star Game and Mariano Rivera's recent milestone.
Mark Teixeira: Hey fans! Thanks for joining me today ... let's get started.
KidFromNewYork: When you were a kid, who was your favorite player?
Teixeira: Don Mattingly. I always wore No. 23 when I was a kid. I just loved the way he played the game.
ChipaJ10fosho: What is your favorite hitting drill?
Teixeira: I love hitting off the tee. It keeps my swing short and I can do it as much as I need to.
guiloks: What tips would you give young baseball players?
Teixeira: I would encourage kids to play other sports to develop their athletic ability. Then concentrate on baseball when you get to high school or college.
brave_chop: Do you like playing golf?
Teixeira: I like playing golf in the offseason and every now and then during an off-day during the season.
bamify: How do you feel about Mariano's 500th?
Teixeira: I think he's the greatest closer of all time. It was great to be a part of that milestone.
9yankees9_2: What is your favorite pitch to hit?
Teixeira: An 86-mph fastball right down the middle!
161stnrivr: Teix -- Noticed you used two different bats at the plate, is this true and why?
Teixeira: I use two different bats because they feel a little different and sometimes I like to switch it up.
redsfan110: Are you a natural right-handed or left-handed hitter?
Teixeira: I'm a natural right-handed batter. I started switch-hitting when I was 13 years old.
asjhfkjf: What's the coolest thing about the new clubhouse?
Teixeira: It's so big that you have plenty of space to get ready for a game. They really took care of us.
Jrock528: Mark, what do you eat before a game?
Teixeira: I like to eat light. Usually a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a banana.
zack9inmd: What does it feel like to hit a home run?
Teixeira: There's not a better feeling in sports.
56games: Do you ever play video games with the guys after games or on off-days?
Teixeira: I'm not into video games, but I did play them when I was a kid.
yankeesgirl33: What's been the most fun you've had in 2009?
Teixeira: Definitely had to be our nine-game winning streak. It's always more fun when you're winning.
thesven55: If you could play any other position on the field what would it be?
Teixeira: I'd like to be fast and play center field.
aschne5971: Hey Mark! How do you like the city of NY so far? How have you been spending your off-days (even though there haven't been many!)?
Teixeira: I've always loved New York and I like it even more now that I'm a Yankee.
pvislocky: How much influence did the New Yankee Stadium have on your decision to become a Yankee?
Teixeira: It definitely helped because I knew Yankee Stadium would be the best sports venue in the world.
thesven55: Who is the toughest pitcher you ever faced?
Teixeira: That would be Mariano Rivera. I'm glad I'm on his team now.
CameronZ123: Mr. Teixeira, How did you feel when you won your first Gold Glove Award?
Teixeira: I was very honored because I take a lot of pride in my defense.
Teixeira: I have time for a couple more ... have to go get ready for tonight's game.
chrissynyy: What do you like to do in the offseason?
Teixeira: I like to catch up on my rest and spend a ton of time with my family.
brave_chop: What is your favorite food?
Teixeira: I like all foods, but if I had to choose one, it would have to be Italian.
howoong: I am a huge fan, Tex! hope we go back to the playoffs!! How was your experience this year playing in the Subway Series?
Teixeira: The Subway Series was a lot of fun. All the New York fans got to watch their teams battle it out.
Teixeira: Thanks fans. I appreciate you all taking the time to join me today. Remember to vote online for myself and my Yankees teammates for the 2009 All-Star team.
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