By ERIK BOLAND
Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the American League during the 86th MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 14, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio
CINCINNATI – Mark Teixeira called the experience “fun,” which naturally raised an eyebrow or two.
The Yankees first baseman, in his second at-bat of Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, faced Reds lefthander Aroldis Chapman, who already had struck out the first two batters of the ninth inning with heat not often seen from pitchers.
The first pitch to Teixeira was a 102 mph fastball that just missed for a ball.
“102?” Teixeira said. “Not sure if I’ve ever faced 102.”
Four pitches later, when he struck out swinging, it was on a fastball coming in at 103. Twelve of the 14 pitches Chapman threw were 100 mph or faster.
Still, Teixeira, competing in his third All-Star Game, enjoyed the challenge.
“I did my best, fouled off a couple pitches, but that was a fun at-bat,” Teixeira said. “A fun at-bat because we were winning the game. If we were losing the game it wouldn’t have been a fun at-bat.”
And, yes, during the five-pitch at-bat, Teixeira threw a glance at the stadium radar gun at Great American Ball Park, just like everyone else.
“Absolutely,” Teixeira said. “After every pitch. You can see me, if you watch the at-bat, I was peeking after every pitch.”