|Tejada last year with the Orioles, by Keith Allison on Flickr|
Tejada is perhaps the most popular Dominican player in his home country. He is known as the "nation's ballplayer" and the "patriot player" because he has played virtually every off season in the Dominican Winter Baseball League (LIDOM) and made several Caribbean Series appearances with his longtime team, the Aguilas de Santiago. He also maintains a home in the country, mentors younger Dominicans, and does lots of charity work in his home country.
He has garnered another nickname through his performance in winter campaigns. He is known as "la guagua." So, a guagua is a small bus that is used for public transportation around cities and between smaller cities in the Dominican Republic. These guaguas are always overflowing with people squeezing on to them. So, it is said that when Tejada plays, the stadium is like a guagua, overflowing with people.
|Dominican "guagua," by Valentintv blog|