Loss stings for newcomer Teixeira
Typically productive season capped by game-saving catch
BOSTON -- The play could have gone down in history. Instead, it will likely be lost in the fog of time. It could be the last play Mark Teixeira makes as a member of the Angels.With the winning run at second base, Teixeira made a tremendous diving catch to his left on a vicious line drive by Mark Kotsay for the second out in the bottom of the ninth inning on Monday. But Jed Lowrie followed with a single through the right side, and the Red Sox came away with a 3-2 victory in Game 4 of the American League Division Series to advance to the AL Championship Series and eliminate the Angels.
"That's baseball and part of the game," Teixeira said. "A bloop double and a seeing-eye single. Sometimes, that's the way the ball falls."The Red Sox's victory ousted the Angels from the ALDS for the second time in as many seasons and the third time in five seasons. That's not what the Halos were expecting when they acquired Teixeira from the Braves on July 29 for first baseman Casey Kotchman and pitcher Steve Marek.
The Angels already had a comfortable lead in the AL West, but they acquired Teixeira because they wanted to advance farther than they did last season. They wanted to go to the World Series."I wish I could have done more," Teixeira said. Now, Teixeira is a free agent and will likely be the most coveted offensive player on the market. He is 28, a switch-hitter and a Gold Glove Award-winning first baseman. Between the Braves and the Angels this season, Teixeira hit .308 with 33 home runs and 121 RBIs. Teixeira admitted before the trade that he really never thought about playing for the Angels. Now, that has changed.
"It's an amazing organization," Teixeira said. "I have so much respect for everybody in this organization, from [owner] Arte Moreno down to the last guy on the bench. They've definitely given me something to think about."The Angels have made it clear they want to re-sign Teixeira. They'll have to negotiate with his agent, Scott Boras, but Teixeira has always made it clear that he will have the final decision, not Boras. "This [loss] is going to take a few days to get over," Teixeira said. "It wasn't supposed to end like this. I feel for the guys in this clubhouse. I didn't make any plans for Halloween. I definitely expected to be going until the end of October. "I'll take a couple of days, and then I'll start figuring out where I'm going to play next year."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.