Yankees embracing their underdog role

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez runs

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez runs drills on the field after reporting for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Feb. 19, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

advertisement | advertise on newsday

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.