TAMPA, Fla. - After the fact, Mark Teixeira realized it didn't sound quite right.

Still, he said it.

"It's a lot of fun because we're the underdogs this year. I love it," Teixeira said Saturday, which was report day for Yankees position players.

"No one's picking us right now and everyone in here should be looking forward to winning a championship. You put on the pinstripes, that's exactly what your goal should be every year, and I think everyone understands that. Just because the public might not be picking us doesn't mean we don't believe it in here."

But let's back up.