Jose Canseco loves being the center of attention. This isn't earth-shattering news. The former slugger has gone to great lengths to keep himself in the limelight over the years.
And he hasn't tired of this pursuit yet.
At 48, Canseco is going to hit the diamond again. This time with the independent Fort Worth Cats. Canseco will be player/coach for the opening eight-game homestand for the Cats.
This is just one of his many current interests, in a long line of interests he's adopted since last stepping onto a major league field.
He was one of the big reasons that steroids in baseball came to the public's attention. He's been on TV with appearances, like his work, on Celebrity Apprentice.
He's had an MMA bout with a 7'1" giant who Jose spent most of the short night running from.
It has also included boxing–sort of. His twin brother Ozzie showed up in his place when he was likely too busy thinking of other ways to get attention.
He's done ads for beer while talking about steroids.
He's done ads for steroids where he doesn't talk about beer.
Then, of course, there is the endless stream of quotes that all deserve their own little piece of attention.
And, despite not having played in the majors since 2001, he is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, it didn't even seem possible, but Canseco is working harder than ever to stay in the limelight.
Let's just check in on the recent comings and goings of the first player to ever hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in the same season.
There is his upcoming return to baseball.
For any of those concerned that Jose may again try to substitute his brother in his place once again, this seems to be out of the question. The Cats play the Edinburg Roadrunners in their opening series. The Roadrunners are managed by none other than Ozzie Canseco.
As we've come to expect with the diverse Canseco, this is just the tip of the iceberg. He has more than one pot boiling, as he is intent on using social media for all it's worth.
Canseco has had a running feud with NBA-great Shaquille O'Neal. Much to the apparent chagrin of Canseco, nothing has come of this feud. Recently, Canseco has been busy tweeting at O'Neal to try and lure him into the octagon:
Jose Canseco @JoseCanseco
hey bigness @shaq this is 4th time I have said yes since you first challenged in 2011 .how long till u back up your smack mouth #whysoafraid5/6/2013, 7:56:44 PM
As if playing and managing baseball while calling out seven-foot giants isn't enough, Canseco is also writing forewords to novels.
And not just any novels, but Air Force Gator 2: The Scales of Justice.
Amazon describes the state of the novel's central figure as such: "Once a desperate and alcoholic whoremonger, the alligator pilot has finally found peace."
So, how did Canseco wind up writing the foreword for this book? Yep, via Twitter:
Dan Ryckert @DanRyckert
@JoseCanseco I am not kidding at all when I say you can write the foreword for Air Force Gator 2. I'm totally not spellchecking it, though.1/2/2013, 6:54:15 AM
I honestly can't think of a better person to write a foreword for a book about an alcoholic pilot alligator than Jose Canseco.
It's pretty clear Canseco isn't going to go gently into that good night, and I, for one, am glad.
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