Jose Canseco's life since retiring from Major League Baseball has been full of odd, humiliating and embarrassing adventures, but he topped himself last night with a Twitter post about the death of former Presidential candidate Al Gore.
Here is what Canseco said on Wednesday night that caused so much confusion, and led to the creation of the Twitter handle Ghost of Al Gore:
al gore was a head of his time .i miss him rest in peace buddy hug for u— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) March 28, 2012
The most interesting part of that, you know, aside from falsely reporting the death of Al Gore, is that Canseco is so sure of what he is saying. He doesn't know how to spell it out, but he is offering a hug for Gore and telling him to rest in peace.
Once Canseco realized his mistake, he followed that up with something that kind of sounded like a retraction.
sorry al you need to make some more noise .Keep fighting for us i believe in your and i am with you— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) March 28, 2012
I think what he is saying is, he hasn't heard anything about Gore for a while so he naturally assumed that he had passed away.
With most people, this kind of mental gaffe would be a surprise. For Canseco, it is basically par for the course. All you have to do is follow him on Twitter to realize that.
Looking deeper into the things Canseco has done just over the last decade, he should bury his head in the sand.
He is still begging for a job in Major League Baseball. He has challenged Shaquille O'Neal to a mixed martial arts fight. He fought Danny Bonaduce of The Partridge Family in a celebrity boxing match.
His first book—yes, we are all shocked he wrote a book—had all sorts of outlandish claims, including one about him running a 3.9-second 40-yard dash.
As embarrassing as Canseco has become, his painful humiliation creates a lot of entertainment for a lot of people. Let's hope he finds a way to top himself soon. If history is any indication, that shouldn't be a problem.