"He was the happiest guy you'd ever see. He always had energy. He was always happy, he was never mad," said Tejada, who played several seasons with Lima for Aguilas, a DWL power. "And that's why we all hurt. I feel so sorry for his family to lose such a great person."
A funeral service for Lima was originally scheduled for Thursday in New York, and Tejada was planning to leave Baltimore after Wednesday night's game against the
But because of paperwork complications, Lima's New York service was pushed back to Friday. With the Orioles flying to Toronto after Thursday's game, Tejada said he wouldn't be able to make the funeral. Instead, his brother and father will represent the Tejadas at Lima's funeral Saturday in the Dominican Republic.
"My family will be there, and we will try to be as supportive as we can for his family," Tejada said.
Lima won 89 games in a 13-season major league career and represented the
in the 1999 All-Star Game. He was known for his effervescent personality, his boasts of "Lima Time" when he pitched and his popularity in the Dominican.
"It's like something that can happen to someone my age, to us, to anybody," said Tejada, 36. "He had been a healthy man, and his heart gave [out] in one moment. And our whole country is feeling pain to lose him."