When Jose Canseco burst into the Major Leagues in the 1980s, he changed the sport -- in more ways than one. No player before him possessed his mixture of speed and power, which allowed him to become the first man in history to belt more than forty home runs and swipe more than forty bases in... read more
Touted as a Ball Four for the new millennium, JoseCanseco'sJuicedpromises to expose not only the rampantuseofperformance-enhancing substances in baseball(withsteroidsreplacing the amphetamines of Bouton's day), butthepainfullyhuman flaws of its heroes as well. A steroid devoteesincethe ageof... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Touted as a Ball Four for the new millennium, JoseCanseco'sJuicedpromises to expose not only the rampantuseofperformance-enhancing substances in baseball(withsteroidsreplacing the amphetamines of Bouton's day), butthepainfullyhuman flaws of its heroes as well. A steroid devoteesincethe ageof 20, Canseco goes beyond admitting his own usage toclaimthatwith the tacit approval of the league's powers-that-be heactedasbaseball's ambassador of steroids and isthereforeindirectlyresponsible for "saving" the game.
Chief among his claims is that he introduced MarkMcGwiretosteroids in 1988 and that he often injected McGwire whiletheywereteammates. According to Canseco, steroids and humangrowthhormonesgave McGwire and Sammy Sosa (whose own usage was"soobvious, itwas a joke") the strength, stamina,regenerativeability, andconfidence they needed for a record-settinghome runduel oftencredited with restoring baseball's popularityafter the1994strike. Although he devotes a lot of ink toMcGwire,Cansecoenvisions himself as a kind of Johnny Steroidseed,spreadingthegospel of performance enhancement, naming a number ofplayersthathe either personally introduced to steroids orisrelativelycertain he can identify as fellow users. BecauseCansecoplays fastand loose with some of the facts of his own careerheprovidesfodder for those looking to damage his credibility, butinmanyways questions of public and personal perception are whatraisethebook beyond mere vitriolic tell-all. Those willing toheedhisrequest and truly listen to what he has to say will findJuicedtobe an occasionally insightful meditation on the workingsofpublicperception and a consistently interesting characterstudy.--ShaneFarmer
When Jose Canseco burst into the Major Leagues in the1980s,hechanged the sport -- in more ways than one. No playerbeforehimpossessed his mixture of speed and power, which allowedhimtobecome the first man in history to belt more than fortyhomerunsand swipe more than forty bases in the same season. HewonRookieof the Year, Most Valuable Player, and a WorldSeriesring.
Canseco shattered the mold of the out-of-shape baseballplayerandushered in a new era of superathletes who lookedlikebodybuilders,made outrageous salaries, and enjoyedrock-starlifestyles. And theticket for this ride? Steroids. Behindthegaudy stats and theglamour of his public life, Cansecocultivateda secret just abouteveryone in MLB knew about, one thatwouldalter the game of baseballand the way we view our heroesforever.Canseco made himself a guineapig of theperformance-enhancingdrugs that were only just beginningtoinfiltrate the Americanunderground. Anabolic steroids, humangrowthhormones -- Cansecomixed, matched, and experimented to suchadegree that he becameknown throughout the league as "TheChemist."He passed hisknowledge on to trainers and fellow players,andbefore long,performance-enhancing drugs were runningrampantthroughout MajorLeague Baseball. Sluggers scooping uppitches attheir ankles andblasting them out of the park, pitcherscrankingfastballs inningafter inning -- Canseco showed the playershow tocustomize theirdoses to sculpt the bodies they wanted, andbaseballas we know itwas the result.
Today, this issue has crept out of the closet and burstintotheheadlines as players balloon to herculeanproportionsandhundred-year-old records are not only broken, butalsodemolished.In this shocking memoir, Canseco sheds light on alifeof dizzyinghighs and debilitating lows, provides the answerstoquestionsabout steroids that millions of fans are onlynowbeginning to ask-- and suggests that, far from being apassingtrend, the steroidrevolution is only a taste of things tocome.
Who's juiced? According to Canseco's authoritativeaccount,morethan you think. And baseball will never be thesame.
“It was so open, the trainers would jokingly call the steroid injections “B12 shots,” and soon the players had picked up on that little code name, too. You’d hear them saying it out loud in front of each other: “I need to go in and get a B12 shot,” a player would say, and everyone would laugh. (Of course, that was the kind of joke you really only made around other steroid users, because obviously they were in the same boat as you. What were they going to do, tell on you? Not hardly.)”
“It was the pitchers that kept the “B12” joke going. For example, I’ve never seen Roger Clemens do steroids, and he never told me that he did. But we’ve talked about what steroids could do for you, in which combinations, and I’ve heard him use the phrase “B12 shot” with respect to others.”
INTRODUCTION: A Look to the Future
PROLOGUE: The First Time Hurts Most
1. "You'll Never Add Up to Anything"
2. A J.V. Player at Coral Park High
3. A Vow to My Dying Mother
4. "The Natural"
5. Rookie of the Year
6. The Bash Brothers
7. My First Lamborghini
8. Imports, Road Beef, and Extra Cell Phones
9. Madonna's "Bat Boy"
10. Thank You, Tom Boswell
11. Texas-Sized Sluggers
12. Fatherhood Changes Everything
13. The Strike
14. The Men in Black
15. Giambi, The Most Obvious Juicer in the Game
16. Baseball Economics 101
17. The Night My Daughter Saved My Life
18. Steroid Summer, The McGwire-Sosa Show, and the Fake Controversy over Andro?
19. The Godfather of Steroids
20. Clean Living
21. "Not Really Here to Play"
22. Nice Guys Finish Last
23. An Education Money Can't Buy
24. Did He or Didn't He?
25. The Future of the Game
EPILOGUE: Forever Young
INDEX OF NAMES
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