I just finished reading Jose Canseco’s book, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big. Great book. This reminds me, I need to read more books. I will not spoil much. A large portion of the book covers anabolic steroids and growth hormone. Canseco says if you train hard, diet well, and have general good nutrition; steroids can improve one’s life. Interesting. The problems is when people/athletes abuse them. This is were steroids get a bad reputation.
The media is a huge player in sports, especially major league baseball. The media made Jose out to be this wild man who is very outspoken. He mentions that throughout his life and well into his major league career, he was a quiet and shy person. I suppose with big muscles, home runs, and fast cars, you are an uncontrollable animal. People do love stereotypes. However, in every interview I have seen with Canseco he does look to be an easy-going man. Jose is actually a family man. He adores his daughter.
One part that really stuck out was later in Jose’s career. Back in the year 2000, Canseco had a stint with the New York Yankees. He did not play much, if at all. The reason was because there was no real need for him. The younger guys could handle the work. The media always mentioned the reason he was not playing was due to “injury.” Ironically, Jose said he was 100% healthy at the time.