BALTIMORE -- Just 40 games into his Major League career, Mark Teixeira returned to his hometown Baltimore for a series between the Orioles and the Texas Rangers. But it wasn't his first time playing a game at Camden Yards.
That came in his senior year of high school, when he participated in the Brooks Robinson High School All-Star Game of Maryland. And on Wednesday, Teixeira joined former Oriole and Hall of Famer Eddie Murray to share memories from that experience with the players in the 2010 edition.
"Baseball in Baltimore -- baseball in Maryland -- is very special," Teixeira told the young ballplayers at a news conference in the Warehouse at Camden Yards. "Those experiences I had playing baseball in the state of Maryland, will never, ever, leave my heart or leave my mind."
For Teixeira, it was a combination of the camaraderie among the recent high school graduates and the chance to play at a Major League ballpark that made the game so special.
"The first time you get to play on a big league field, it's just unbelievable. You just graduated and you might be playing with some friends or some teammates, maybe even some guys you played against in high school," he said. "Just to bring it all together and play on a big league field as beautiful as this one at Camden Yards is a great experience for everyone."
The All-Star first baseman also shared memories of growing up in Baltimore and watching Murray put together one of the greatest careers in baseball history. Among many accolades, Murray is one of only five players with 3,000 career hits and 500 home runs.
"I'll tell you, playing in a game on your first Major League field, it's an awesome feeling," said Murray, who played his high school All-Star Game in San Francisco's Candlestick Park. "It's something you'll never forget."