Thursday, April 17, 2008
Houston Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada told the Astros that he is actually thirty-three, not thirty-one like the team roster says. Tejada said he was actually nineteen when he told the Athletics, who were scouting him, that he was seventeen: "I was a poor kid," Tejada said before the Astros finished a three-game series against the Phillies on Thursday. "I wanted to sign a professional contract, and that was the only way to do it. I didn't want or mean to do anything wrong. At the time, I was two years older than they thought." I don't think this will have much effect on the team, but it is a good thing the team did not sign him to a long term deal thinking they had a good three or four years left in him. Tejada though, feels like he is twenty-five again: "It's something that happened the first time I signed my contract," Tejada said. "I had no intention of doing anything wrong. And now I feel like I'm 25 years old, maybe younger. I feel my legs are stronger than I used to be feeling. I feel great. I have a lot of energy."
So far this season, Tejada is hitting .328 with 3 HR and 11 RBI.