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Jenrry Mejia’s age, identity confirmed

Feb 20, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT

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There were some issues with Jenrry Mejia‘s age and identity causing him to not get his visa and to be late to Mets camp. Those issues have been resolved, however, as the Mets have announced that Mejia’s age and identity have been confirmed.

Turns out he’s really Saul Birnbaum. He’s 78 years-old and retired to Boca Raton after a quite successful career in the insurance business, if Saul may be so immodest to say.

OK, no. He’s Mejia and he’s the age he said he was. The Birnbaum thing would have been way more interesting, though.

  1. cur68 - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    In other Jenrry Mejia news he’s got a duplex, wall-to-wall, a goldfish and is seeing a nice lady who works the “Unmentionables” counter at Macy’s. So all you groupies? Hands off.

  2. historiophiliac - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Craig forgot to mention that Saul changed his name after being caught up in the Great Inadvertent Buchanan vote of 2000. To quote Saul: “If they come after your vote, the AARP won’t save you. I had no choice but to go off the grid.”

  3. yahmule - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    I’m not criticizing the inclusion of this news item, but raise your hand if you were following this story.

    Nah, I kid Jenrry, with his extraneous “r” and his unenviable assignment of replacing R.A. Dickey in the rotation. I hope Mejia is so successful the Mets attempt to assassinate his character on his way out the door, too.

    • zacksdad - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      I think the issue was not his age, but his name. His name implies he is a hermaphrodite. His female name is Jen and male name is Jerry. So they needed to confirm he is a hermaphrodite before they let him come over.

      • tartan1 - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        Or he was born in a Spanish speaking country with it’s own history, culture and interestingly enough, names.

    • thebadguyswon - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:08 PM

      When did the Mets assassinate Dickey’s character again? If you’re going to make baseless accusations against the team, have some proof first. IT WAS THE MEDIA that started that story, asshat.

  4. jameystegmaier - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    That made me laugh out loud. Well played. I’m definitely drafting Saul Birnbaum now.

  5. jibzek - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    How can we be sure he’s not some frakkin’ skinjob Cylon?

  6. dannyocean83 - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Que Dennis Green….

  7. Old Gator - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    If I’m not mistaken, according to the CBA Dominican ballplayers have to let themselves be randomly carbon dated now.

  8. flosox - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Saul!….Saul!!….it’s me, Bernie…from Saratoga!

    Ha ha

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