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Mark Teixeira: The Yankee Who Never Assumes and Never Stops Hustling

Teixeira epitomizes the approach to the game that is shared by fewer and fewer players today.

On June 12, 2009, the New York Mets led the New York Yankees 8-7 going to the bottom of the ninth inning. Frankie Rodriguez, who was coming off an MLB-record 62 saves in 2008, was on the mound in relief of Pedro Feliciano.

With Derek Jeter on second and two outs, the Mets' brain trust decided that discretion was the better part of valor. Teixeira was walked intentionally. The move was against the "book" since Teixeira represented the potential winning run.

Mets' manager Jerry Manuel was playing the percentages. Teixeira is a switch-hitter while the next batter, Alex Rodriguez, bats from the right side.

A-Rod worked the count to ...

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