ATLANTA -- The start of the 2013 Georgia Tech baseball season is sure to be a stepping stone to another great year, and with that beginning returns a legend around Atlanta, as well as a renowned name in all of baseball today. Mark Teixeira returned to his alma mater on Friday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, an idea that he came up with on his own.
Georgia Tech certainly has plenty of fond recollections of Mark Teixeira's playing days at Russ Chandler Stadium. The 2000 Dick Howser Trophy winner destroyed just about every pitcher he faced as a Yellow Jacket. As Teixeira tells it, he still loves the school where his illustrious career began.
"I went all over the country to look for schools. And Georgia Tech just had everything that I wanted,” said Teixeira. He didn’t know where he would end up with his baseball career, so the academics initially drew him in, along well as the prestigious program head coach Danny Hall had in place.
Now a member of the New York Yankees, Teixeira isn’t forgetting where he came from, no matter how bright the lights are where he plays. Teixeira said he was at Georgia Tech this week meeting with different fundraisers and members of the athletic association to ensure the baseball team has everything it needs.
“I know the baseball team might not make a lot of money for the school, but we raise the profile of Georgia Tech,” said Teixeira. “When you have players like myself and Matt Wieters, and before me Nomar Garciaparra and Jason Varitek, these are All-Star players that are creating a lot of buzz, sorry for the pun, and excitement around Georgia Tech.“ Teixeira has a good sense of humor to go along with his athleticism.
What did he say when he got the call about throwing out the opening pitch? “Oh no, I called coach. I called coach Hall to tell him what I wanted to do,” said Teixeira. “I come to Georgia Tech two to three times a year. I just love coming back here.”
Teixeira noted the two previous Tech games he attended resulted in a loss to BYU in football and a defeat from Clemson last night. He’s hoping his luck will change for his former team on Friday.
“The best three years of my life were spent at Tech,” said Teixeira. Yellow Jackets fans can rest assured Teixeira will always be a part of this school.