Apr 22nd 2008 5:30PM by Pat Lackey
By now, you’ve almost certainly seen the clip I’ve embedded above of Miguel Tejada being presented with his birth certificate by Tom Farley for ESPN’s news magazine E:60. Tejada is clearly flustered in the clip and today he says that he’s not at all happy with the way ESPN ambushed him and presented the clip:
Tejada said he believes his family was misled by ESPN, suggesting the network had indicated a camera crew that went to the Dominican Republic was affiliated with the Houston Astros. He also expressed displeasure with the way a recent interview was presented and the way it was conducted recently in Philadelphia.
“They called me about two days before the interview and told me it was going to be more about baseball,” Tejada said. “When I got there, I thought it was about baseball and they throw me a 98 mph fastball inside.”
Seeing as both the team and Tejada are shuffling this off as a non-story (I’m not so sure it is, but if the Astros don’t care then there’s no where else to go with it), I tend to believe Tejada here. That hasn’t stopped ESPN from presenting the story as a “shocking revelation about Tejada’s past.” A Latin American player is slightly older than we thought he was! Wow! That is truly surprising and definitely doesn’t happen all the time!