Santa Monica Barney's Beanery had a ringer for its softball tournament against the chain's four other stores June 23 at the Field of Dreams: retired major league baseball slugger Jose Canseco.
"[Santa Monica manager] Jonah Dumont told the other teams ahead of time that he had a last-minute hire whose name is Jose," joked Barney's owner, Palisadian David Houston. "Jose was really nice for coming out and playing with us . . ."
. . . Canseco crushed several home runs during the one-day tournament, one of which cleared the opposite field and landed in the parking lot over 350 feet away.
I've never been to Barney's, so I have no idea what kind of place it is, but according to their website, Barney's was the place where Janis Joplin had her last ever drink before dying, and Jim Morrison was once arrested there for peeing on the bar.
I guess what I'm saying here is that Jose probably shouldn't expect this association to provide the springboard back into the world of fame and fortune he no doubt craves.