In his much-contested baseball expose “Juiced,” Canseco boasts that he popped hundreds of homers, stole bases, got rich, hung out with pop. Former MLB All-Star Jose Canseco wrote the definitive story on steroids with his book, Juiced. But when he shared his personal story with. And while you’d have a hard time convincing anyone who saw them a decade later, Canseco was actually the better player. In that ’88 season.
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Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big by José Canseco
Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. When Jose Canseco burst into the Major Leagues in the s, 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 the same season.
Canseco shattered the mold of the out-of-shape baseball player and ushered in a new era of superathletes who looked like bodybuilders, made outrageous salaries, and enjoyed rock-star lifestyles. And the ticket for this ride? Behind the gaudy stats and the glamour of his public life, Canseco cultivated a secret just about everyone in MLB knew about, one that would alter the game of baseball and the way we view our heroes forever.
Canseco made himself a guinea pig of the performance-enhancing drugs that were only just beginning to infiltrate the American underground. Anabolic steroids, human growth hormones — Canseco mixed, matched, and experimented to such a degree that he became known throughout the league as “The Chemist. Sluggers scooping up pitches at their ankles and blasting them out of the park, pitchers cranking fastballs inning after inning — Canseco showed the players how to customize their doses to sculpt the bodies they wanted, and baseball as we know it was the result.
Today, this issue has crept out of the closet and burst into the headlines as players balloon to herculean proportions and hundred-year-old records are not only broken, but also demolished.
In this shocking memoir, Canseco sheds light on a life of dizzying highs and debilitating lows, provides the answers to questions about steroids that millions of fans are only now beginning to ask — and suggests that, far from being a passing trend, the steroid revolution is only a taste of things to come. According to Canseco’s authoritative account, more than you think.
And baseball will never be the same. Paperbackpages. Published February 28th by It Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Juicedplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 31, Carol Storm rated it liked it. So many cheap thrillers claim to take you “inside the mind of a psychopath” but I’ve never read a book that lives up to that promise like JUICED. Jose Canseco tells his own story, and boy does he ever come across as a stone-cold psychopath in total denial about just about everything.
Not only does he have an addictive personality, but he says things in this book with a straight face that I’d previously heard only in really bad B-Movies from the Fifties! It’s only a matter of time before an entire race of people are raised on steroids, and who knows what they’ll be able to accomplish? Live to years old, remain sexually potent into your nineties, interbreed with dolphins and whales, there’s literally no limit to what steroids can do for a person. Do you know what it means to feel like God?
None of this is to say that Canseco is stupid or intentionally dishonest about his years in the game. Within the limits of his madness he’s actually very perceptive.
It’s not hard to see why the all-white fraternity of sports writers would crucify a loud-mouthed Latino like Canseco while a redneck good ol’ boy like Mark McGuire could dope up openly for years. In conclusion, I would recommend this book to xanseco who hates ccanseco baseball with their husband but really loves intense, chilling sci-fi thrillers about mad scientists who want to take over the world by injecting everyone with dangerous performance enhancing drugs.
View all 4 comments. Sep 17, Moira rated it it was ok Shelves: I’m going to use a bad word in this review. Sorry, it’s unavoidable, and if you want to stop reading here that’s fine. Just know, if you go forward, a bad word will be said. A bunch juicced times. So at first when this book came out I was like, no way cansec I reading that!? It’s not like me to ignore high profile jiiced books.
I forced myself to read Moneyball despite my bitter, painful, deep-seated hatred of the A’s, specifically t Warning: I forced myself to read Moneyball despite my bitter, painful, deep-seated hatred of the A’s, specifically the height of the moneyball era A’s, and I love that book, so I had to do this.
I kind of liked it? I kind of liked it. I feel weird saying that. Here’s the bad word part. Jose Canseco is an incredible asshole. If you were reading this book hoping to find some hidden heart of gold, or some deeply buried sense of humility and gratitude, you would be supremely disappointed.
Because Canseco is just a super asshole. But the thing is, there are a lot of assholes in baseball, and Canseco at least has the good sense to know what an asshole he is.
And he’s a really honest asshole. When this book came out no one would have guessed that a few years later we would all have been like, man, Canseco was RIGHT!
About A-Rod and everything. Plus it’s a kick to read. It’s totally fun gossipy beach reading, in fact I read it on a beach in Puerto Rico, which may have improved my disposition toward it.
But it never bored me, and while Canseco’s never going to win a Pulitzer, he or his ghost writer isn’t embarrassing to read either. That said, I’m only going to give it two stars, because I have to give this asshole’s book at least two stars less than I gave Dirk Hayhurst’s book The Bullpen Iuiced.
Hayhurst is a total sweetheart, and Canseco- well, you know. Interesting thing though, Hayhurst really struggled in the majors while Canseco was a star. Maybe assholes make better athletes. View ccanseco 3 comments.
Aug 01, Lauren rated it it was ok Shelves: I don’t know what’s more disturbing, Canseco’s description of his Baby Mama’s former employer, Hooter’s: Canseco, the pioneer and Godfather of steriod use in juiiced MLB does a good job enumerating the benefits of steroids and gro I don’t know what’s more disturbing, Canseco’s description of his Baby Mama’s former employer, Hooter’s: Canseco, the pioneer and Godfather of steriod use in the MLB does a good job enumerating the benefits of steroids and growth hormone for the person who knows how to use them in a controlled, responsible way.
‘Juiced’ is not cautionary: Canseco glorifies steroids
He makes a case for their use in injury juuiced, slowing of the aging process and increased strength and stamina for not only athletes, but the average joe as well. But his knowledge and gusto for the juice cabseco be better unleashed in a medical research lab. If you cut through the offensive cheesiness of the narrative, Canseco’s inflated ego and his constant bitching that he has been scapegoated, you will see what he just simply cannot: Canseco, like hundreds of other steakheads in the game today, is a big fucking cheater.
Aug 15, Scott rated it liked it. I’m glad I never got around to writing a review for this back when I actually read it, because now I get to do it with the juicef of hindsight.
And the only reason I’m even doing it now is because it popped up toward the top of my list today, and I happened to notice it. And that led me to have the following thoughts: Everyone wrote Jose off as a lying tattletale, but the elephant in the room now is that HE WAS 1 I’m glad I never got around to writing a review for this back when I actually read it, because now I get to do it with the benefit of hindsight.
For those who don’t know the back story, Jose Canseco played major league baseball from – When the wave of stories about steroid use in baseball finally started to break in the early-mid ‘s, he was labeled the poster boy for the era.
In response to this, Jose promised to write a tell-all book. This book is the product of that promise. At the time, people came out of the woodwork to call him a liar, but in the wave of congressional hearings and positive steroid tests that followed, Canseco turned out to be right on just about every single count. Many think that writing this book was a tacky move, especially since he outed so many fellow steroid users, but he definitely had his motives.
Canseco believes he was: Black-balled out of baseball due to steroid use debatable, since he was 36 years old during his last major league season ; B. Singled out as the scapegoat for the steroid movement despite being no more guilty of steroid use than countless others true ; C.
Picked as the fall guy largely because he is, by his own admission, a brash, outspoken, and sort-of sketchy guy who also happens to be Hispanic – all things that don’t sit too well with the dominant white culture absolutely true. As he correctly points out in the book, Mark McGwire exhibited all of the same tell-tale signs of steroid use during the same period, but yet Mark was somehow untouchable while Jose was always fair game.
In McGwire finally admitted to having used steroids during his playing career.
We have a tendency in our society to expect scapegoats – especially those in situations where they are guilty, but no more guilty that many others – to accept their fate with good grace and shut up about it. It taps a very primal anger in some people when the scapegoat tries to deflect blame or drag others down with them.
I’m not saying it’s right or wrong to feel that way, but we all know the feeling of being punished for something that many others have indulged in. Magnify that by and you have Jose Canseco.
And it’s not fair to say you know how you’d react, because you don’t.
Jose Canseco tells SI he wishes he never wrote ‘Juiced’
None of us do. Beware of the scapegoat with nothing left to lose. When you push someone to a point where they feel they are out of options, you might not like what you get.
Other than that, the book is surprisingly well-written by “athlete-writes-a-book” standards I’m sure he had help, but still and very easy to read. Surprisingly entertaining and fun, especially considering the subject matter.