Father’s Day weekend stories on MLB.com
Two Father’s Day stories to share with you — the first is something I was working on for a good portion of the week, finally sitting down with Joe Girardi in his Yankee Stadium office before the rain delay on Thursday and sharing a lengthy conversation about his father, Jerry, and how the family is coping with his advanced Alzheimer’s. That story is here.
We also have a Father’s Day feature on Mark Teixeira, whose father, John, attended the United States Naval Academy and served as a pilot in the Navy. It should be no surprise that Teixeira has earned raves around Major League Baseball for his structure, discipline and work ethic — all of which Teixeira credits to his father, who he called “the biggest influence in my life.“
As part of the feature, we had to round up a few photos of Dad & son to accompany them. John Teixeira was gracious enough to send four along, and we are running two of them on the site — Tex at age 13 as an American Legion ballplayer in a Flash panel on yankees.com, and Tex in 2001 signing his first professional contract with the story, with Dad and Nolan Ryan looking on.
Those are great, but this is actually my favorite. Here is 4-year-old Mark Teixeira with Dad and his sister Elizabeth at Walt Disney World (thanks to Mr. Teixeira):