ESPN Breaks Out Birth Certificate On Miggy, Things Get Awkward (!)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Many entities touched on Miguel Tejada's age today with the conclusion that he is actually 33 instead of the MLB reported age of 31. The story actually came to light via an ESPN E:60 interview that was supposed to air next week. Well since the AP picked up the story this afternoon ESPN decided to air part of the interview on Sports Center tonight.



Trust me when I say that I have no sympathy (on multiple levels) for Miguel Tejada, but it's really got to suck getting railroaded like this. I understand that ESPN thinks this is a big deal, but do you know how many cases like this have probably taken place over the years in Major League Baseball? I think this is the last of a team's worries.

I really think E:60 could be good if they'd stick to moving and important stories like Jason Ray over pointless witch hunts like this. I think Steve Phillips summed it up best when asked if the Astros should be concerned (and I'm paraphrasing here until I get the actual quote)......

"This has happened before and it will happen again. One Spring Training we had a player Timo Perez that aged four years. We brought him four cakes in the clubhouse and moved on."

This Man Is Not What He Claims To Be! (The Sporting Blog)
Miguel Tejada tells Astros he's actually 33, not 31 (Associated Press)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 6:34 PM

26 Comments:

breaking news: a latin american ballplayer lied about his age.

E:60, i've watched 60 minutes and you're no 60 minutes.

-dan

-dan said...
Apr 17, 2008, 7:43:00 PM  

I can't really defend Tejada because he did in fact lie. However, there's a time and a place for those kinds of accusations. Calling someone for an interview under false pretenses is dishonest and irresponsible. I hope there is some locker room backlash toward ESPN for this.

Anonymous said...
Apr 17, 2008, 7:49:00 PM  

While I agree both that conducting an interview under false pretenses (which I immagine is indeed the case) is pretty sick and that this is not a particualrly big deal, I actually found this video to be hilarious, which probably isn't the reaction ESPN wants for their "serious" journalism.

Skip said...
Apr 17, 2008, 8:11:00 PM  

Post age-gate and after more stringent immigration regulations after 9/11, I think Tejada will be one of the last to have his age change without a birthday. But it will always come up with the types of contracts given out to 16-year-olds in Latin America.

Hank said...
Apr 17, 2008, 8:13:00 PM  

E:60 is trash. That show is not journalism.

RangersFan said...
Apr 17, 2008, 9:48:00 PM  

ESPN? Overhype its own story??? No freakin' way!!!!!

Anonymous said...
Apr 17, 2008, 10:26:00 PM  

lol piling on but E:60, please stick to things that actually matter. the certificate was filed when he was a boy, not when he was born, so that date could be false too. he could be 35 or 29. who cares? especially for baseball players who can play to their 40s.

satya said...
Apr 17, 2008, 10:29:00 PM  

Nonetheless, if he negotiated his most recent contract while claiming he's 31 (or whatever age he said he was when he signed), he negotiated in bad faith and the contract may be able to be tossed in court. Age is actually relevant to a baseball player's projected performance, so it's entirely reasonable that it should matter.

Given that it's a stupid contract in the first place, they might well look into this, although I'm sure the thugs in the MLBPA will racketeer it up enough to make it very difficult for the Astros, if they try.

Anonymous said...
Apr 17, 2008, 10:37:00 PM  

ESPN breaks the lid on this bullshit "story," but there's still no mention of Reggie Bush.

After seeing this story, I wonder which element of this "story" is more important: Miguel Tejada lied about his age, or you can watch the entire interview on E:60

Fucking scumbags. This is not news.

Anonymous said...
Apr 18, 2008, 12:09:00 AM  

I'm sorry, but... hookares? Why is this a story?

Dave said...
Apr 18, 2008, 1:12:00 AM  

Damn you Disney....your theme parks are fun, yet I detest your tv networks. That leaves me in a quandry.

Anonymous said...
Apr 18, 2008, 3:58:00 AM  

Way to just ambush the guy. Why just go on air with the "news" and wait for him to comment. Why embarrass him over something that doesn't even have a whole lot of importance? It's not like they discovered proof of ARod juicing or something. (although on second thought, I wouldn't care about that either).

Anonymous said...
Apr 18, 2008, 9:13:00 AM  

espn 60 is garbage.

madnice said...
Apr 18, 2008, 9:36:00 AM  

Danny Almonte is not impressed.

GMoney said...
Apr 18, 2008, 10:36:00 AM  

Almonte should be impressed, look how long Miggy got away with it ;)

Seriously though, it is relevant as far as people have said. At 31, you probably still have two prime years ahead of you, and teams know this and will pay for it. At 33, you probably have no prime years ahead of you, and aren't likely to be worth as much. What kind of news do you expect ESPN to break? Peace treaties in the middle east? The broke a sports story. It is what they do. Maybe it's not a big story, but it is entirely within the scope of what ESPN should be covering.

Scoops said...
Apr 18, 2008, 11:15:00 AM  

I've been reading some places where some people are saying ESPN's treatment of him is borderline or plain racist. Thats Bullshit. He's a public figure that committed fraud and this kind of disclosure is fair game. Its all good when they sandbag stuffy, white rich owners for being greedy but when our fantasy league darlings or hometown and ethnic heroes are under the gun, it's racist or media exploitation. And to his credit, Tejada gave his explanation and took responsibility for it like a man.

The reporter did his job by reporting and uncovering the truth. And ESPN has a right to report AND advertise THEIR STORY how they want to. Even if the story becomes 1 week old and no watches.

Apr 18, 2008, 12:10:00 PM  

I can't believe AA hasn't dropped anything related to the XMas Ape/WaPo shitstorm...

Anonymous said...
Apr 18, 2008, 12:45:00 PM  

I linked to it yesterday and spoke to him Anon. Don't know what I can add that isn't already out there.

Apr 18, 2008, 1:01:00 PM  

Anon@ 12:09: get used to it, because as a loyal Bruins fan, i know full well that ESPN is never going to investigate Reggie Bush. considering their dependence on the Reggie/USC hype machine, it's just not gonna happen. it'd be like breaking the news that derek jeter purchased HGH... would ESPN really hype that kind of story?

meanwhile, UCLA hires rick neuheisel and everyone jumps on his past "transgressions" when neuheisel WON a lawsuit against the NCAA for wrongful termination. it sucks, but ESPN has never been afraid to play favorites.

Anonymous said...
Apr 18, 2008, 2:59:00 PM  

@ Scoops and That's my story

I don't have a problem with ESPN breaking a sports story. It's the manner in which they did it that bothers me. They ambushed him for the benefit of their show. That is totally unethical. Completely unethical.
They're trying to really stick it to him so they can plug their E:60 show.

RangersFan said...
Apr 18, 2008, 6:36:00 PM  

Total bullshit journalism. I can't believe it, but I feel sorry for Miggi.

NHZ said...
Apr 18, 2008, 7:56:00 PM  

All of the knuckleheads who are more upset about ESPN doing an ambush interview than they are that Tejada signed a $72 million deal under knowingly fraudulent pretenses... y'all need to get a grip, and some perspective.

Anonymous said...
Apr 19, 2008, 12:23:00 AM  

Anon if you think 2 years makes that big a deal to the Astros then you're the knucklehead. The man is a beast. I don't need any of your "perspective". As a broadcast journalism professional I know ESPN is setting journalism back with this kind of bullshit.

Anonymous said...
Apr 19, 2008, 1:58:00 AM  

If you think 2 years doesn't make that big a deal in baseball, then you haven't been paying any attention at all to the SABR guys and all the work they've done to enlighten people (you) who don't know what they're talking about.

What ESPN did was dumb, lame, etc. Nobody's defending it. However, what Tejada did was fraudulent - you know, fraud. The kind of thing that's all illegal and stuff. The kind of thing that you don't do when signing 8-figure deals unless you're a slug.

Anonymous said...
Apr 19, 2008, 1:37:00 PM  

"...plus, the Sports Guy is back."

Bill: Where am I?

On another Vegas trip with Hench and J-Bug and Jacko I presume?

Anonymous said...
Apr 19, 2008, 6:08:00 PM  

Leave it to a "broadcast journalism professional" to overblow the importance of the presentation of the news compared to the story itself. Way to go, Captain Self-Congratulatory.

Anonymous said...
Apr 20, 2008, 11:57:00 AM  

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