Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Freddy Manuel Tejada, 37, dies in Dominican Republic
By Enrique Rojas
On the same day that Congress asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Miguel Tejada lied to a house committee investigating steroids in baseball, word came out that the brother of the Houston Astros shortstop was killed in an automobile accident.
Freddy Manuel Tejada, 37, died Tuesday afternoon when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a sport utility vehicle in Bani, a city in the southern part of the Dominican Republic.
According to Melquiades Arias, a Bani police official, an unnamed woman with Tejada was injured in the collision and is in critical condition. She was transported to a hospital in Santo Domingo after receiving treatment at a local clinic.
"It is confirmed that Mr. Tejada died in this accident," Arias said.
Miguel Tejada received the news while traveling from Santo Domingo to San Pedro de Macoris to play in the game between the Aguilas Cibaeņas and Estrellas Orientales in the Dominican Winter League. He immediately returned to Bani to be with his family.
"A terrible day," Tejada told ESPNdeportes.com from Bani.
Tejada indicated that he would continue to play winter baseball. His Eagles team needs only one victory to make the finals against their greatest rivals, the Licey Tigers.
"I will continue playing ball with the Eagles as long as I can. This is the best tribute I can give to Freddy," Tejada said.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Henry Waxman announced Tuesday he and ranking Republican Tom Davis asked the Justice Department to look into whether Tejada lied to committee staffers in 2005 when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs. The recently released Mitchell report describes incidences of Tejada purchasing steroids while he was on the Baltimore Orioles.
In the offseason, the Orioles traded Tejada, a four-time All-Star, to the Astros for five players.
The committee's remarks couldn't compare to the pain Tejada was feeling due to his brother's death, however.
"I am shattered. Freddy was one of my closest brothers," Tejada said.