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Tejada’s Unfortunate Circumstance

former Baltimore Orioles and current Houston Astros shortstop Miguel TejadaCamden Chat has a nice post up today about Miguel Tejada‘s recent run of bad luck, and what it all means.

The CC post pretty covers everything I would. I have a great deal of sympathy (pity?) for Tejada. It’s completely out of line for the government to go hard after a guy who kinda sorta might have told a completely inconsequential lie.

At some point, the steroid investigation became baseball’s equivalent of red light cameras. It stopped having anything to do with the people it’s supposed to help (fans, players) and became all about gratifying the most venal urges of those in seats of power. Disgusting.

Hey, maybe AndyMac will trade Bedard today? Yeah?

6 comments to Tejada’s Unfortunate Circumstance

  • dan the man

    Agreed on this one.. what a shitty day for Miggi yesterday. On top of the fact that he’s clean at this point and clearly not the biggest offender here. Congress needs to chill out, Miggi does not need to go to jail here. Let the guy play ball, he’s never been the douchebag ‘roid freak like Clemens or Bonds.

    Today was the day I put my money on a trade. But uh… it’s not lookin good.

  • Andrew in Rochester

    Unfortunately, guys, it’s not about who is and who isn’t a public dickhead and happened to have taken steroids. There is evidence that Tejada cheated at this game – maybe even in order to get a bigger payday from the Orioles while his production was due for that post steroid drop-off? – and then he lied to the government about it and his role in the Raffy saga…which remains somewhat unfinished to me (but that’s just me).

    He’s a good guy, and a hard worker – though he kinda gave up on that last part and fostered some ill will in Baltimore – but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be prosecuted. If Congress is deciding to take an active role in this, for better or worse, then they need to show how serious they take it by slamming down every last guy who lies to them, regardless of if they’re a charismatic guy or not.

    I like Tejada. I’m glad we got rid of him literally in the nick of time. I’m sorry a ton has been put on him in the last week, but fuck man, you should KNOW not to lie to the US Government.

  • Joe the Guy

    Shouldn’t the government be running our country instead of spending piles of tax dollars to bust Miggi Tejada?

  • Andrew in Rochester

    Ah, that old argument. It’s like meeting an old friend.

    OF COURSE the government has like 50,000 better things to do than they do at any given time. I seriously doubt they will ever actually get around to “fixing” baseball – which as you all know Doctor Thompson already famously did ( http://proxy.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?id=860846 )

    But they want to do this, and if they want to do this, we can’t in good faith say “Yeah – fuck that Roger Clemens, he’s being a fucking prick!” – which is definitely is – ” And fuck Barry Bonds, man, he broke Hank Aaron’s record – what a dick – fuck him!”and then say “Leave Tejada alone! His brother just died! He’s not that good anyway! His lying is inconsequential!”

    That last part really gets me.

    Anyway, if the government left us alone to cheer on a bunch of steroid created mutant freaks that have interlocking NYs or Bs or birds tattooed between their eyes while they hit thousand foot long homeruns and their testicles disappeared as they gave speeches about “overcoming evil in the world” to inner city youth, and “what it takes to get to the top – I couldn’t have done it without God or my supplier”, I’d be okay with it.

    And I’m not saying Congressional involvement is the reason baseball is trying to clean itself up, but it’s got to be at least a piece of the pie.

    Besides, if baseball were outlawed in America, I’d probably move to Japan and watch the Nippon Ham Fighters every single night – so I don’t really have a problem with our government holding a few hearings about it.

  • neal s

    There are two things here with regard to steroids. One, there is the judgment of The Game. By that I mean fans, teams, and MLB. Two, there is the judgment of Johnny Law. By that I mean, well, Johnny Law.

    You’re right to point out that the standard of prosecution needs to be equal across the board. No doubt about it. So what we’re really trying to get at is this: to what extent should the government be involving itself in baseball?

    There was a point where it seemed like a good thing. Someone probably needed to kick Bud Selig’s ass. But at this point it’s become an absolute joke. The idea that Miguel Tejada might be prosecuted — not ostracized or punished within the game, but prosecuted — is beyond the pale.

    I don’t trust MLB to clean up the game, but I damn sure don’t trust the government to do it either. If we must choose one or the other — and I think we must — then I say let baseball be. Come what may.

    After all, I can’t stand Barry Bonds, but I’m not willing to go so far as to say he should be in prison. Keeping him out of the Hall of Fame is sufficient for me.

  • Andrew in Rochester

    The Orioles are planning a series of events to celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the 1983 world championship team.

    More of that good mojo coming back. Baby steps people. Baby steps.