Nowadays, it’s no big deal to see Mark Teixeira staring back at him from the batter’s box.
For Gavin Floyd, the novelty of pitching against one of his childhood friends has worn off. But it’s still pretty cool, he admits.
The Chicago White Sox pitcher and the Yankees first baseman grew up across the street from one another in Severna Park, Md., and attended Mount St. Joseph’s High School. Teixeira and Gavin’s older brother, Michael, were the same age, though, attending classes together and playing on the same youth sports teams -- meaning Gavin was always the tag-along.
Years later, he and Teixeira were selected fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 2001 amateur draft.
“It was a big deal for both our families,” said the 28-year-old righthander, who held the Yankees to just four hits and two earned runs while striking out 10 over eight innings in the White Sox’s 3-2 win at the Stadium Tuesday night. “We were just excited for them and they were excited for us.
“It was real cool. And now its even cooler because we’re both in the big leagues. I’m very blessed and thankful for that. It’s very neat.”
Teixeira, 31, who entered the game hitting just .167 (1-for-6) with one RBI against Floyd, went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk last night.