Why wouldn’t he? Everyone ends their career in Oakland.
Late last night, I spoke to Miguel Tejada, who won an MVP while playing shortstop for the A’s in 2002, and Tejada told me his fondest desire is to return to the team that gave him his first start.
“I would love it,” Tejada told me by phone from Florida. “I have always loved the A’s. That’s the organization that gave me a chance when I was a little kid in the Dominican. They opened all the doors for me. …. That’s my family.”
Tejada told me he knows that the A’s have lost third baseman Scott Sizemore for the season, and he hopes GM Billy Beane might consider giving him a minor-league deal, as he recently did with Manny Ramirez.
“Tell Billy to give me a call,” Tejada said. “I don’t want big money. I just want to play.”
Tejada has become good friends with Cuban star Yoenis Cespedes, who is expected to join the team this weekend as I report in this morning’s Chronicle. Tejada, who played with Cespedes with Aguilas in the Dominican this winter, said he believes that were he around, it would benefit Cespedes.
Tejada also said he thinks he can still play – he didn’t perform well with the Giants last year, he said, because he wasn’t happy there.