Teixeira: Bobby V hiring is ‘great’ for rivalry
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York on Wednesday to receive his Sportsman of the Year award from the March of Dimes, and weighed in on the Red Sox’s reported hiring of Bobby Valentine as their new manager.
Reaction to Valentine’s hiring: “I think it’s great. I was joking around on Twitter and Facebook, I don’t know if he’s going to let me hit at his facility anymore in Stamford. I’ve been hitting there for two years now at Bobby V’s academy and he’s there a lot. He’s a very busy guy obviously, but we’ll go and we’ll talk about hitting, we’ll talk about baseball. I don’t know if those conversations are going to be kept to a minimum now.”
Impact on the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry: “This rivalry is great for baseball, I’ve said it a million times. It’s great for both cities, but baseball as a whole, it seems like everyone stops just to watch those 18 games. Bobby Valentine is a great manager and he’s a funny guy. He’s got a great personality. I think the interviews either before or after games are going to be a little more interesting, and that’ll be good for both teams.”