Regrets and regards

Tejada's Reaction

December 13, 2007|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,Sun Reporter

Four years into his six-year contract with the Orioles, Miguel Tejada ran out of chances to help the franchise become a winner.

He said that was one of the main reasons he had mixed feelings about the trade yesterday that sent him to the Houston Astros for five players.

Tejada also said in a phone interview with The Sun that he was excited to go to Houston and play in a great city and for a perennial playoff contender. However, he acknowledged that he will miss being an Oriole.

"I think this is a good move for me, but I had a lot of great moments in Baltimore," Tejada said. "I'm not going to complain about anything that happened.

"The only thing I felt bad was I didn't help the team win a championship," said Tejada, who had vowed after his arrival as a free agent in December 2003 that the Orioles would no longer be a losing team. "That's why I felt upset a little bit. I thought I was going to go to the playoffs with the Orioles.

"Everybody treats me like a king there and I really appreciated that. I'm not going to forget that."

Tejada thanked everybody from owner Peter Angelos to Orioles fans to the clubhouse attendants at Camden Yards. Two years ago, Tejada, frustrated with the team's offseason inactivity, went public with his demand for a trade.

However, he said yesterday that he made no such demands to president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail - who informed Tejada of the trade in a morning phone call - and that he was perfectly content to finish out the remaining two years of his Orioles contract .

"It's not something that I wanted, but it happened and I'm just moving forward," Tejada said. "Houston is a great organization and they want to win like me. But I would have been happy to stay with the Orioles. I love to win and I love to compete. I'd love for the Orioles to win. But I don't think they think they are going to win right away."

Tejada was traded for outfielder Luke Scott, third baseman Mike Costanzo and pitchers Troy Patton, Matt Albers and Dennis Sarfate.

Tejada got several phone calls from members of the organization yesterday, including manager Dave Trembley, second baseman Brian Roberts and first baseman Kevin Millar.

"Leaving here is kind of hard," Tejada said. "The whole day, I've been thinking that I'm not going to be with Brian anymore or any of the guys. It's going to take some time for this to go away. Even though we didn't win, these guys were my family. I'm always going to be a fan of the Orioles. I hope they win."

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

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