Ex-Orioles watch: Miggi speaks
Miguel Tejada held court in two languages in front of the visitors dugout a few minutes ago and seemed happy to be back at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, though a lot happened during his Orioles career he probably would like to forget.
Tejada didn't say much about his ongoing legal issues or his connection to baseball's steroid scandal, except to say that all of it has made him love the game even more.
"Always,'' he said. "I enjoy the game more than I used to, because I know I'm a strong guy. I (used to) let whatever happened off the field (bother him) but I don't let it affect me on the field. Now I love the game and I now respect the game more than I used to."
Tejada is playing third base today because of the hip problem that forced Alex Rodriguez to leave the Dominican team and fly to Colorado today for an examination.
"I'm a soldier,'' he said. "I'm a soldier and I'll do whatever Felipe (manager Felipe Alou) asks me to do. I'm here to play for my country."
On his days with the Orioles, he said he remembers them fondly and keeps in touch with some of his ex-teammates, specifically Brian Roberts and Jay Gibbons.
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