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As the show’s co-host, Yankee Mark Teixeira turns tables on Mike & Mike

New York Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira (25) co-hosted Mike & Mike on Wednesday. (Allen Kee/ESPN Images)
New York Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira (25) co-hosted Mike & Mike on Wednesday.
(Allen Kee/ESPN Images)

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira spent three hours Wednesday morning (7-10 a.m. ET) in ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. studios, co-hosting ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike, which was simulcast on ESPN2. He then took a few minutes for an appearance on the 10 a.m. SportsCenter.

Front Row spent a few minutes with the former first-round draft pick who has won five Gold Gloves and appeared in two All-Star Games.

Why did you want to co-host Mike & Mike?
I listen to the show, I love those guys. They have a really unique insight on sports and they cover a lot of different topics. I am a sports junkie and I love talking about it. What better two guys to go on the air with and have fun and talk some sports?

What was your favorite part?
The “Foul Territory” [highlights of which are seen in the video above; it’s a takeoff on a series of irreverent interviews Mark conducts for the YES Network, where he interviewed “the Mikes”] segment was enjoyable, turning the tables on them was good. Literally, however, I enjoyed every minute of that experience.

What was the difference between your Mike & Mike appearance and the hit on SportsCenter?
On SportsCenter, you need to be a little more buttoned up since it is the news. On Mike & Mike, you can have a little more fun.

If you were an anchor on SportsCenter, who would be your dream co-host?
[Comedian and Sunday NFL Countdown contributor] Frank Caliendo so he can do every single voice I needed. He’s like 100 co-hosts in one.

What has surprised you about ESPN’s campus?
That it’s 120-plus acres. It’s a small city right here, which is really cool.

Video edited by Rich Arden
For the full version of Teixeira’s “Foul Territory” interview, click here.

Mike Greenberg (far left) and Mike Golic welcomed Mark Teixeira  (far right) to the set of Mike & Mike on Wednesday.   (Rich Arden/ESPN Images)
Mike Greenberg (far left) and Mike Golic welcomed Mark Teixeira (far right) to the set of Mike & Mike on Wednesday. (Rich Arden/ESPN Images)
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