Miggi’s in Hot Water

Since I do alot of driving around during the day with work, I get plenty of use out of my XM radio. I did catch some of the congressional hearings today, which was “enthralling.”

I especially like Senator Grandstand (I forget his name) talk about the 1919 Chicago Blackhawk scandal and asked George Mitchell whether Raffy Palmerio had tested positive for steroids before his 300th career hit. Mitchell replied basically with a ‘huh?’ He said 300th again before finally getting it right….3000th hit.

But the big news is that our former boy Miggi could be in deeeep trouble, if not deep….it’s certainly trouble. Apparently, Tejada lied to the staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Of Tejada, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman and one of People magazine’s 50 Sexiest people alive, Senator Henry Waxman said:

“Tejada told the committee that he never used illegal performance-enhancing drugs and that he had no knowledge of other players using or even talking about steroids,” Waxman said. “Well, the Mitchell Report, however, directly contradicts key elements of Mr. Tejada’s testimony.”

That article is here.

Here’s the conversation that has Miggi in the eye of the current steroid storm.

“Has there been discussion among other players about steroids?” a committee staffer asked, according to the letter.

“No, I never heard,” Tejada replied.

“You never knew of any other player using steroids?” Tejada was asked.

“No,” he replied.

“Have you ever taken a steroid before?” he was asked at another point.

“No,” he said.

Tejada also answered “No” when asked whether he had ever taken any illegal performance-enhancing drugs, androstenedione or any other steroid precursor.

Miggi’s former Oakland teammate Adam Piatt(yeah, I have no idea who he is either) said that he discussed steroids with him and provided him testosterone or Deca-Durabolin, as well as human growth hormone.

It doesn’t look good for him. Raffy did his little show under oath and flunked his test and no charges of perjury went against him (was that B-12 tainted after all? I’m still skeptical). The difference I think, is now with the Mitchell Report there’s people who want results. Whether they be in congress, baseball, or what have you, some heads are going to have to roll. Unforunately, Miggi might be the scape goat or a scape goat. That said, if he did use hGH, steroids, or whatever else and then lied about it, that’s his fault.

With all this happening, I’m relieved Andy MacPhail traded Tejada when he did. Perhaps, he knew this was coming. If the O’s would have held onto him with hopes of trading him a little later, there’d be no takers.  Maybe for once the O’s finally caught a break. Maybe this is payback for Glenn Davis. One thing I know for sure is that if the Astros were to trade for Miggi today, we’d be getting next to nothing back. I don’t think we’ll see any trades between the Astros and O’s for a long while.

A scrap of knowledge from Astro’s owner Drayton McLane on Tejada after the Mitchell report came out:

“I don’t think that’s a fair question,” he said. “If we knew, certainly we would have looked at it totally different. We didn’t have any of that knowledge at that time.”

If it wasn’t a bad enough day for Tejada already, his brother died today in a motorcycle wreck.


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