No, the title of this entry has nothing to do with my paycheck. But it was a good guess.
Before I get to Miguel Tejada, I want to confirm the answer to my trivia question. When the infamous Pine Tar game resumed, the Yankees put Ron Guidry in center field and Don Mattingly at second base. Sort of reminds me when Lenn Sakata caught and John Lowenstein played second base as Tippy Martinez picked off three Toronto Blue Jays runners in the same inning. I understand why the Jays were eager to run, but how stupid must you be to get picked off for the last out? I mean, you just saw two teammates get caught leaning. You know Tippy is throwing to first.
The guy later went home and kept touching a hot stove.
By the way, the Orioles have told Luis Matos that they want more home runs and RBIs from him this season. They just didn't say for which team.
Matos has one concern: He doesn't want his average to drop because he's too preoccupied with hitting for power.
You should have seen Ramon Hernandez taking grounders at first base. He joined Javy Lopez and looked much smoother, picking up just about everything hit to him and making the throw to second look routine, as if that was his regular position. Turns out he plays first in winter ball.
Hey, maybe the Orioles should...nevermind.
Blockbuster just called: Eddy Garabito is late returning his videos.
Now, about Tejada: Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly will be writing a Tejada story and column for tomorrow's edition of The Sun, and I don't want to step on their toes. So I'll just make a few observations - my two cents, if you will.
I believe Tejada when he says that he's embarrassed by his trade demand this winter. He cringed when he walked into the media lunchroom and saw all the reporters and cameras waiting for him. It wasn't a massive amount, but it still confirmed the fuss that he caused. "I'm not the kind of man who makes trouble," he said.
I also believe Tejada when he indicated that he's committed to staying with the Orioles, even if they go on a long losing streak this season, and won't make any more trade suggestions. He's done playing GM. "That's never going to happen again," he said. Tejada's children don't want to leave their Baltimore home. He told them not to worry. That's good enough for me.
On the flipside, I find it hard to believe that he didn't return manager Sam Perlozzo's phone messages all winter because of poor cell reception in the Dominican. That's Tejada's explaination. Various teammates and friends reached him with no problem. Luis Matos said he spoke with Tejada more than once. Or maybe it's different if you're calling from Tampa. Good thing Sammy no longer has that house in Cumberland.
I also find it hard to believe that Tejada never had issues with Ramon Hernandez while they were teammates in Oakland. But what else is he going to say? "We're like brothers," he said. "We weren't as close (later) because he went to another team and I went to another team. We never had a problem."
Not according to people I've spoken with who were in Oakland, or know people who were close to the team. But at this point, it hardly matters. They seem to be getting along great. Time to put that story to bed. Just be careful that Kevin Millar doesn't short-sheet it.
And finally, when asked if he'll continue to use B-12, Tejada smiled and shook his head no. Just keep it away from Raffy. That's all we ask.