When Jose Canseco's book first came out, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big, people immediately treated Canseco as an outcast. People called his allegations completed stupid with no real evidence.
Most recently, David Ortiz has been linked to performance-enhancing drugs. With every new name that comes out, I believe Canseco more and more.
While Ortiz wasn't directly named in his book, it just shows that even the most honest people in the world aren't as they seem.
Here is a direct quote from Ortiz only a few weeks ago, "I think you clean up the game by testing...You test positive, you’re going to be out. Period."
Ortiz wants every player in the majors to be tested three to four times per year. Anyone who tests positive should be suspended indefinitely.
Do you think Ortiz is biting his tongue right now? By his logic, he's out of baseball as of today. Talk about being hypocritical.
Canseco called out some pretty big names in his book including: Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Jason Giambi, and Ivan Rodriguez.
Many fans and sports critics alike thought this was an ill attempt at fame and fortune for a guy whose life had taken a turn for the worse.
Well, at least three of those players have either been tested positive or admitted to using steroids. Only one, McGwire, remains "innocent" so far.
Palmeiro went under oath denying steroid use. Only a few weeks later, baseball suspended him after he tested positive.
McGwire refused to answer any question about taking steroids. As far as I'm concerned, you're innocent until proven guilty...for the most part anyway.
After his breakout book, Canseco said he would write another. The book would link Alex Rodriguez to steroids. This caused many fans to go berserk.
A-Rod was supposed to be the first "clean" player to break Hank Aaron's all-time home run record. No one in their right mind would have linked this media darling to steroids.
The book was denied publishing rights due to supposed false claims about one of baseball's most beloved players.
Only a few months later, Sports Illustrated published an article telling all that A-Rod was a steroid user.
Rodriguez later admitted to using steroids for a brief part of his career, while playing with the Texas Rangers.
Hmm...only a year ago he repeatedly denied ever taking steroids on 60 Minutes.
Now he says that Canseco didn't introduce him to steroids.
The way I see it, the score is Canseco: four plus however many more people he correctly linked, Rodriguez: -1. I'll take Canseco's word over Rodriguez's any day.
Hmm...so what is all this about Canseco being so dishonest?
The more I look at it, the more I believe Canseco.
Bash him all you want for ruining baseball and destroying its legacy. I for one want to know which records are legit. Right now, those records are slipping away.
I want to know if my favorite players are juiced. It's a disgrace to the game.
While I disagree with his life choices, Canseco has become a name that I sadly trust.
I only hope that other players don't follow his choice of life, but follow his honesty towards America's favorite past-time.