posted on Jun, 18 2003 @ 11:42 AM
Tejada's 500 straight games played is the longest active streak in the majors. The reigning AL MVP became the 34th player in major league history to
reach the mark. Since Cal Ripken Jr. began his record streak of 2,632 games on May 30, 1982, only two others have had streaks of more than 500 games
-- Dale Murphy (740) and Joe Carter (507).
Tejada's wife and children attended the game, as did some of his friends. His family back home in the Dominican Republic planned to watch on
He didn't disappoint, driving a 1-0 pitch from Victor Santos (0-2) over the center-field wall in the sixth inning for his 11th homer. The hit snapped
an 0-for-12 slump and chased Santos, who gave up a solo shot to Ellis three batters earlier that broke a 2-2 tie.
Tejada would have to play every game until the 2016 season to catch Ripken. He shaved his head after batting practice and said his helmet then fit
much better. ...