If a mythical list detailing the top scumbags in pro sports actually existed, Jose Canseco would likely rank somewhere in the top five. I never read Juiced, but even if the majority of his allegations ended up being true, it doesn’t mean the book deserved a sequel. As Phil Taylor says in his excellent column today on the subject in Sports Illustrated, we’re not looking for a Harry Potter-esque series of books out of the guy. Jose isn’t satisfied with his 15 minutes of fame, so he’s resorting to making up stuff about players like Alex Rodriguez who have probably never touched the stuff.
In the 1990’s, you could take a look at the top power hitters of the time and know they were on something extra special. Granted, we didn’t realize it at the time, but hindsight is 20/20 and it’s blatantly obvious that guys like McGwire, Canseco, Bonds and maybe even Jeff Bagwell either used steroids or HGH to help them attain higher numbers. Looking at Alex Rodriguez, one can’t make that same assumption, because he isn’t a hulking beast of a man. He’s been roughly the same size his entire career, unlike the men I mentioned above, and he gets his power numbers the old fashioned way: with a powerful swing and by being the best overall player in the game today. When it’s all said and done, Rodriguez may end up being the best player to ever play the game, and Canseco is trying to latch on to that bandwagon and make a name for himself by attacking the most famous player in the game.
It’s sad, really. As Phil says in his column, perhaps we should all take a donation and buy Jose some golf clubs — because he definitely needs a new hobby.