It was announced on Tuesday that Mark Teixeira does not plan to play for the American team in the WBC.  At this point, only two Yankees plan to play: Derek Jeter for the USA and Alex Rodriguez for the Dominican Republic.  A-Rod played for the USA in 2005.  CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett have both said they will opt out of playing for the USA.  This is good overall news – the Yankees will be one of the few teams that will stay intact and be able to practice together while the WBC is going on.  Who knows, this might be a competitive advantage.

Word has also come out that Brian Cashman used the music of Twisted Sister to woo Teixeira to the Yankees.  Lisa Olsen broke the news:

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Sure, it helped that the Yankees eventually offered $180 million over eight years, but what really wowed Teixeira was the super cool video Cashman revealed when he came to visit in the middle of December.

Shot in the new stadium, with digitalized images of what Teixeira might look like as he ran out of the dugout and onto the grass, the crowd at a froth, the New York skyline in the distance, the sound track blared “I Wanna Rock.” Cashman pressed play.

“Hey, that’s my song!” Cashman recalled Teixeira saying as he and I walked through the old stadium hallways. “I was like, yeah, we know that.” And at that point, with Twisted Sister on blast, Leigh, Teixeira’s college sweetheart who is now his wife, said, “I want you to be a Yankee.”

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Hat Tip to Sliding into Home for the head’s up on both stories.