Thursday, April 17, 2008
33 is the new 31
Houston Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada admitted in an E:60 report to be aired on ESPN that he is 33 years old... two years older than baseball records list him as being. The true gem in the story was that after the reporter confronted him regarding this issue, Tejada lied again and said he was 32! He then proceeded to storm out of the studio. The interview will air on April 22nd - be sure to tune in!
Astros General Manager Ed Wade commented on the story, saying "Fact of the matter is that he plays like he's 25, so I don't think it really matters a whole lot." Riiiiight. This absurd comment is either a pathetic attempt to lie and cover up a horrendous screw up or more proof that Wade has absolutely no clue what he's doing and is completely and utterly delusional. I tend to think it's the latter.
Tejada is hardly the first player to lie about his age. Others include:
Danny Almonte (the Little League World Series hero), Orlando Hernandez, Rafael Furcal, Manny Aybar, Bartolo Colón, Deivi Cruz, Octavio Dotel, Juan Guzman, David Ortiz, Ramon Ortiz, Luis Polonia, Alfonso Soriano, Luis Vizcaino, Enrique Wilson, Odalis Perez (though is was just a 6 day difference), Adrian Beltre, Edgar Renteria, Esteban Yan, Wilson Betemit, and Kirby Puckett.
Some big names, some small. Some even lied about being older to make it within the rules to be signed. Although players lying about their age is hardly a rare occurrence these days, it's always amusing.
In other Bad Baseball news...
Florida Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco gave up back-to-back-to-back homers to Chipper Jones, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann, 3 of the 4 he allowed on the day. Yikes. Bobby Jenks blew a save for the White Sox, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits in the 9th, but it was Boone Logan who recorded the loss for the Sox against the Orioles. Logan walked two and allowed one hit in the 10th.