Mark Teixeira is a professional at what he does. Polite, serious, and yet, a fun guy. Only 28 (and he will be 29 during the season next year), Tex is the consummate Yankee — in the mold of Derek Jeter.

Ben Shpigel writes the story of Mark Teixeira in the New York Times. Tex was burned by the Red Sox when he was coming out of high school and that memory has stuck with him ever since.

This is the last piece of reading to do on Christmas, and probably the last blog from me for a few days, unless I can find time to blog. Enjoy the rest of your day!