Houston Astros: Miguel Tejada Is Actually 33?

Jacob BridgesCorrespondent IApril 17, 2008

This afternoon, I browsed ESPN.com for the latest sports headlines, as I do most days.

I was hit with the news that Steve McNair is retiring. This made me sad, but it is about time. He was a real class act and such a hard worker, but his time is definitely up.

Second, I saw a story about Miguel Tejada being 33 years old, as opposed to being 31 as he has claimed.

My first thought was...okay.

My second thought was, why does anybody care about this?

And then I read the report (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3351418) and found myself thoroughly disturbed. Not only does this not really matter in the grand scheme of things, but they absolutely tormented Tejada to discover this information.

"E:60 correspondent Tom Farrey presented Tejada with a copy of a birth certificate, filed by his father in his hometown of Bani, that showed he was born on May 25th, 1974.

The document was acquired by a Dominican law firm hired by ESPN after clerks at the town hall in Bani declared—improperly—that his records were confidential."

To this, I have to say shame on you, ESPN. How dare you go down and hire someone in the Dominican Republic just to obtain a piece of paper and make a mountain out of a mole hill.

What have you proved? What does anyone gain from "exposing" Tejada's true age? Does ESPN really have nothing better to do than torment Miguel Tejada?

The report also says a reporter confronted him about it, and he walked out of the interview. I would have done the same thing. What a waste of time, what a waste of an interview.

Tejada isn't in the little leagues and this isn't the Danny Almonte incident, so why does age even matter? I think it just makes it all that more impressive that the guy is producing on a high level at 33.

Sure, he lied about his age when he was 19. He was a kid. He made a mistake. Steroids or not, the man is a talented ballplayer whether he is 33 or 31 or 450 like Julio Franco. I'm still puzzled as to why this makes any difference at this point.

Not only that, but ESPN is going to run a story about it on their E:60 show.

The question is, who will watch? And furthermore, who even watches E:60 to begin with? What more am I going to get out of this story by watching this "exposé?"

I DO NOT CARE HOW OLD MIGUEL TEJADA REALLY IS, and I think that most people feel the same. If they don't, then I would really like to know why.

This is silly and childish of ESPN and makes me very disappointed that journalists are stooping to the level of savages every day. How sad that this makes news these days.

Leave the man alone, and don't waste your time with Tejada until you find a syringe.