Monday, October 20, 2008

Jose Canseco Is Sorry

From Michael Hiestand's TV column in USA Today:

Turns out Jose Canseco, who zealously hyped his book Juiced, now says that book about steroids in baseball was his "biggest mistake." Canseco, charged last week with a misdemeanor after U.S. immigration officials said he returned from Mexico with a drug that is illegal without a prescription, says in Monday night's A&E Network's The Last Shot special that he shouldn't have written the book and "regrets mentioning players (as steroid users). I never realized this was going to blow up and hurt so many people."
As Hiestand says: "[D]oesn't seem that hard to have predicted." My guess is that Jose would be less regretful if his quickie sequel had sold as much as Juiced did.

In the meantime, I don't think Jose should expect any sympathy from Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmiero, or the rest of the 1990s Texas Rangers.


Daniel said...

Isn't Juiced really the only thing left that Canseco is at least a little bit respected for? Yeah, he was criticized for "naming names," but the book helped spawn a large investigation and provided some useful information. I have no idea how much of it is truth, but it contributed to the Mitchell Report. And yet this is what Canseco is embarrassed about? I don't get it.

Craig Calcaterra said...

With Jose it seems to all be about the motives. If it had actually been Jose's intent to provide useful information and save baseball from the scourge of steroids, yes, he'd probably still be proud of it. Jose, however, was likely only trying to make a buck off of it. He did for a bit, and then it soured, and then he made some more bad decisions and now he's broke, so all he has left is the name-naming, which he probably wasn't all that hot on in the first place.

mooseinohio said...

Your heading say it all about Canseco as when you change the emphasis just a tweak it completely changes the meaning of the sentence. I didn't read it as Jose making an apology but as a descriptor of his character and that sums it up pretty well for me.

Amos said...

Sorry but Canseco has lost all credibility.

How much you want to bet that after this latest publicity blitz it turns out he has something to sell now that he's back in public?