Saturday evening in New York was supposed to be about a horse, a dream and sports history. Eighteen miles east of Belmont Park and a short drive over the Throgs Neck Bridge away, it was a 32-year-old who grew up just a few minutes from Pimlico who stole the show instead.
While I'll Have Another didn't race in the 111th Belmont Stakes, the war horse of Saturday evening was New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, who not only showed up, but made the most of his moment in the spotlight in Saturday's 4-2 win over the New York Mets.
Teixeira, who'd entered Saturday's Subway Series clash having gone 2-14 in the team's current homestand, took a sixth-inning Dillon Gee pitch deep for the game's deciding two-run home run.
The blast came just three days after the two-time All Star was diagnosed with nerve damage to his vocal cords, a somewhat satisfactory conclusion to what's been a lingering -- and frustrating -- bout with a persistent cough all season long.
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