Thursday, April 17, 2008
Many entities touched on Miguel Tejada's age today with the conclusion that he is actually 33 instead of the MLB reported age of 31. The story actually came to light via an ESPN E:60 interview that was supposed to air next week. Well since the AP picked up the story this afternoon ESPN decided to air part of the interview on Sports Center tonight.
Trust me when I say that I have no sympathy (on multiple levels) for Miguel Tejada, but it's really got to suck getting railroaded like this. I understand that ESPN thinks this is a big deal, but do you know how many cases like this have probably taken place over the years in Major League Baseball? I think this is the last of a team's worries.
I really think E:60 could be good if they'd stick to moving and important stories like Jason Ray over pointless witch hunts like this. I think Steve Phillips summed it up best when asked if the Astros should be concerned (and I'm paraphrasing here until I get the actual quote)......
"This has happened before and it will happen again. One Spring Training we had a player Timo Perez that aged four years. We brought him four cakes in the clubhouse and moved on."
This Man Is Not What He Claims To Be! (The Sporting Blog)
Miguel Tejada tells Astros he's actually 33, not 31 (Associated Press)