Aren’t moms just the greatest. Whenever someone asks them about their kids, it’s like they go out of their way to bring up the most embarrassing facets of their kid’s childhood—it’s almost like they derive pleasure from it.
Mark Teixeira’s mother is no different. Only thing is, Teixeira is a famous athlete, so when his mom dropped a tidbit of info from Mark’s childhood, you knew it would make the rounds, and eventually come back to bite him in the ass…figuratively of course.
Seems that Teixeira was a huge Nirvana fan, and like many grunge-obsessed kids, was profoundly affected by Kurt Cobain’s suicide by shotgun blast. So much so that Teixeira changed his name to Kurt. Not legally mind you, but when you’re 13-years-old, and you take your dead music idol’s name, that really makes little difference.
From an interview with Harold Reynolds of the MLB Network…
Reynolds: What is this stuff about Kurt Teixeira?
Teixeira: You know what? When I was a kid I was a big Nirvana fan. And, uh, Kurt Cobain unfortunately passed away when I think I was in eighth grade. And when you’re twelve or thirteen years old and your favorite band isn’t gonna make any more music, you take it pretty tough. So, uh, I went by an alias for a little while.
According to Mama Teixeira, Mark began ordering comic books and other mail order swag using his new alias, “Kurt Teixeira.” Eventually Mark reverted back to his given name once the Kurt Cobain phase of his life wore out, which I assume is right around the time Mark discovered girls, and realized that chicks wouldn’t really dig a guy who named himself after a dead singer.
Sounds like this might be a Yankees thing, because I hear A-Rod did the same thing when Falco died.