We have our first smoking gun in answering the ageless question, “How old are some of these baseball players — really?” Houston’s Miguel Tejada, who’s having a bad few years on and off the field, just admitted to the Astros that he’s really 33 years old and not 31.
His excuse for fibbin’ and fudgin’ to the Oakland Athletics back in 1993? The same as the one some women give for posing nude earlier in their lives: He was young and needed the money.
From the AP story:
“I was a poor kid. 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.”
OK, so it’s not like finding out who really killed JFK, or even who JFK slept with, but it’s some hard evidence nonetheless. For all of us who thought El Duque was really five, 10, 20, 1,000 years older than was stated — but no one could prove it —well, we might have our first casualty in baseball's war on inaccurate birth certificates.
Some sources, such as the Mets’ official site, list Orlando Hernandez as being born Oct. 11, 1969. Yeah, right. We all know he was in Castro’s cabinet by that time.
Whatever the case, doubting the age of ballplayers now has come back in fashion and the Astros just completed an offseason trade for a player who would be named in the Mitchell Report a few days after and then admit to being two years older than his listed birth a few months after that.
Somehow, Miggy has made the Orioles look smart for once.