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Yankee Mark Teixeira: A home run on Broadway?

January 29, 2013|By Deborah Vankin
  • Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees watches his home run in the bottom of the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Yankee Stadium on July 13, 2012.
Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees watches his home run in the bottom of… (Christopher Pasatieri…)

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira wants to rock more than just opposing pitchers. He’ll be making his Broadway debut Tuesday night in the musical comedy “Rock of Ages.”  

The news surfaced on the Yankees Twitter feed Monday: “I Wanna Rock! @teixeiramark25 joining cast of @RockOfAges for tomorrow's show!”

The tweet stirred mixed reactions. “So cool mark,” replied Fran Blatt on Twitter. 

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“Nice! We look forward to checking it out,” echoed MLB Fan Cave on the site.

“Who cares?!?! SELLOUT!!! Dan Loftus tweeted. ‏

"Rock of Ages" is a five-time Tony Award-nominated musical. It’s set on L.A.’s Sunset Strip in the 1980s and features chart-topping glam metal tunes from that era.

One of them is Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna Rock.” The ‘80s hit is Teixeira’s personal “walk up music” during games; it blasts throughout the stadium when he gets up to bat. Though the high-energy song typically has him running bases, it won’t have him running lines onstage. His role isn’t a singing -- or even a speaking -- part.

Instead, the power hitter has a costumed walk-on role, appearing in several crowd scenes. He plays "Mark, the Bourbon Room Bartender" at a fictional Sunset Strip bar called, not surprisingly, the Bourbon Room.

Teixeira is no stranger to entertainment. He and Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez made cameo appearances on HBO’s “Entourage” in August 2011. And Teixeira, a lover of Broadway theater, has said that his favorite production of all time is “Les Misérables.” 

Teixeira played for the Angels in 2008 before signing with the Yankees in December of that year. He has won three Silver Slugger Awards and five Gold Glove Awards

Perhaps there’s a Tony in his future?

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