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March 4, 2009

Ex-Orioles watch: Miggi speaks

tejadagetty.jpgMiguel 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.

File photo, Getty Images

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 11:37 AM | | Comments (13)
Categories: Just baseball


Yes, those were heady times for Miggy as he strolled through the Orioles clubhouse while shooting vials of "B12" in his butt.

Keep Miggy away from Brob... Thats a bad STICKING POINT for us!

hate to hear Miggy even bring up BRob-

Come one Pete, you know you made up the last part?!

"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."

Oh you wry dog ... or is it just a coincidence that he keeps in touch with his fellow Mitchell Report (dis)honorees?

Pete's reply: I did NOT make that up.

"I'm a soldier" . Wasn't that Kellen Winslow's line ?
Seriously , I liked Miggy and much being said of his poor attitude the last few years he was here , a lot of that blame I put on Angelos . We begged Tejeda to sign here and he was promised that a competitive club would be assembled around him . How'd that work out for him ?

Speaking of Jay Gibbons, I had a sighting last night...
on TNT - they were playing Wedding Crashers. Gibbons blasts a home run on a tv in the background. So it must have been a clip from the pre-testing era.

How old is Miggy again? 35, no wait? 38? no maybe 42?


for example i recently did 30 pushups!

We can all joke about the steriods connections on that last line, but that would be in bad taste.

Ya know, miggy loved his teammates, he played hard, So did Raffy, I'm sorry they used those drugs, but put yourself in thier places, I know I only make 50g's per year, we must forgive and forget

Interesting he didnt mention Mora. I thought they were buds.

Pete's reply: I think they used to be close, but are not anymore.

I had to bite my tongue at the mention of Brob and Gibbons as I snickered while reading it .
I hear Sammy and McGwire stay in touch too .

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