TROTTING HOME ...with the Rangers' Mark Teixeira

July 24, 2005

THE BEST thing about this homer (left), which Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira hit at the All-Star home run derby? He didn't have to run the bases. "My teammates say I have a bad trot," says Teixeira, and Michael Young agrees. "The worst in the game," says Young. "His feet weigh 30 pounds; he sounds like a stampede rounding first. He can hit it 500 feet, and we'll just be talking about that trot." It's not as if Teixeira hasn't had a chance to perfect his gait: At week's end he had 25 homers, second-most in the AL. "When I'm running, I'm thinking about the pitch, where I hit it, the score. I'm just thinking too much, and my trot gets messed up."

 

 

COLOR PHOTOCHARLIE NEIBERGALL/AP (TEIXEIRA SWINGING)
COLOR PHOTOLINDA KAYE/AP (TEIXEIRA TROT)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)