Baltimore definitely has Teixeira fever, and there are countless fan sites and postings on message boards devoted to the topic. There's even an online petition with nearly 100 signatures clamoring for him to play for the Orioles, and Teixeira said Wednesday that it's a reflection of the Baltimore area's rabid desire to break back into contention.
"I think it would probably be different if the Orioles had won a lot recently, but with the dominance of the Yankees and Red Sox, those fans are just hungry," he said. "It's always something that would be very special to me. But like I said, in a couple months, when the season's over, I'll sit down and make those decisions. "
Who's gonna tell Orioles fans that, given where the O's are on the success cycle, the best case scenario would be for Teixeira to not sign with their team? That the sort of money and pressure that would accompany Teixeira's presence would discourage the continuance of slowly building with younger, cheaper talent as Andy MacPhail has done? That, if Teixeira were to be given a dump truck full of cash to come to Baltimore, it would constitute a clear signal that Peter Angelos is working at cross purposes to his GM and once again meddling in a way that he hasn't seemed to do for the past couple of years?
Teixeira is a really good player, but he's not the right guy for the Orioles as they are currently constructed. As someone who would like to see that once-proud franchise return to glory or at least something approximating it, it would bum me out to see him in the orange, black, and white.