Ruben Tejada doing just fine for Mets

Replacing Jose Reyes a huge challenge, but Mets' new shortstop sure has ability

Originally Published: April 24, 2012
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada was born and raised in Panama, the home of career saves leader Mariano Rivera. But the Yankees' closer is not the future Hall of Famer who summons Tejada's inner fan-boy. Ask him to identify his favorite player growing up, and Tejada mentions the man with 3,000 career hits and that trademark jump throw from deep in the hole.

"Derek Jeter," Tejada says. "Every Friday or Saturday the Yankees games would be on, so I would watch every game. That was my favorite ...

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