Posted on: October 23, 2008 2:57 pm

Canseco the Rat . A Man without Ball...

... Literally, and this is my take why -<o:p></o:p>

Jose Canseco used to be one of my favorite players growing up. During the late 80s and early 90s, I got to see fantastic baseball being played in both Oakland and in San Francisco. I was a huge fan of Canseco and his bash brother, Mark McGuire. Even at a young age, I knew that these guys were freaks of nature. I would go to a lot of ball games with my dad and watch these massive men swing the bat as if it were a twig, smashing balls in record numbers. Even when these two would strike out, it would be exiting. Their arms were bigger than my waist. Their necks bigger than my waist - the size was not natural. At 8-years-old I knew this.

I recently sat down with my girlfriend and watched Jose Canseco's break-down on television. Even after reading his book, JUICED, I was already done with guy, but this latest tell-all interview really got me pissed off. The man is a mess. Once again, Canseco is desperately broke and depressed. His pathetic attempt to portray himself as the victim reminded me of Barry Bond's TV show Bonds on Bonds.In this A&E special that aired last week, Canseco had the camera rolling while he saw several doctors. He had his little girlfriend by his side the entire special. That poor woman - I feel she is stupid only because she is willing to deal with Canseco and his problems.The man has no more testosterone at all. His levels are that of a woman, so he has no sex-drive and is dealing with depression because of it. He even showed his wild side by dumping his girlfriend on television, basically packing his stuff and moving everything out while she was away for the weekend.

Are we as fans of baseball, America’s past-time, supposed to react in a way where we feel bad for Canseco? Why should we? I certainly don’t. The man I used to idolize had shamed himself in more ways than anyone could possibly imagine. His book, Juiced, was completely un-necessary. It was written strictly for the monetary losses he has endured with a shallow attempt to regain what he had lost. He threw many players under the buss so-to-speak. It was a terrible interpretation of what went on behind scenes and with steroids. The book cost many players, both current and retired, their dignity and their private life. Some of the book’s facts might be true, but it seemed as though a lot of it was from speculation and hear-say. It eventually led to MLB teaming up with congress to spend millions of our tax dollars putting together a full-fledged investigation on these claims. Senator Mitchell and all investigators involved attacked many men who played the game – some of which played it clean.

Canseco is a rat. I heard these claims while up at Chico State in northern California. Chico is part of the Independent Baseball league, and I was able to see Canseco in person when he played ball for the San Diego Surf Dogs. In the stands, fans would scream out, “You are a Rat Canseco, you Bum!” I agree completely. With the loss of everything, including his right to be respected by all his peers from his profession in baseball, Canseco is a spiraling disaster. His losses are proof that steroids can do some messed up things to a person’s body. He started taking the steroids at 19 years old. All the years of injecting himself has diminished his body into a pile of crap. Without the testosterone, and the continuing harassment Canseco has endured, he truly is a man without balls and will go down as one of the biggest embarrassments to the sport of baseball we have ever seen.

To be honest, with everything I don’t like about the guy, the first book was pretty interesting to read. I viewed it a fictional novel at the least. It was an easy read. Also, I have heard from a few sources (none to be credible from what I know) that there will be a second book coming out – a sequel to Juiced that continues the tirade of  Canseco’s accusations on steroid use by players in baseball. I would read the second book, only because the first one was eye-opening enough as it is. He was my hero when I was younger – I can’t change that. Even with the lack of respect he has put on himself, it will be interesting for years to come to see where this guy will end up. The depression, lack of testosterone and mood swings could lead him down a very dark path that could destroy him. Too bad he has nobody to turn too. It’s all his fault.<o:p></o:p>

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