Jose Canseco's 20 Craziest Moments
When it comes to the craziest men in all of sports, Jose Canseco has to top the list.
From attempting an acting career to challenging former athletes to boxing matches to taking the infamous baseball off the head in a 1993 regular-season game against the Cleveland Indians, Jose Canseco always seems to capture the media spotlight in the biggest of ways.
The former Oakland A's slugger's most recent debacle came just this past week when he sent his twin brother Ozzie to fill in for him in a scheduled fight at a Hard Rock nightclub on Saturday night.
This incident got us thinking about some of the other wild shenanigans that Canseco has pulled in his time. Let's break this down and come up with a list of Jose Canseco's 20 craziest moments.
Let the fun begin...
20. Launches Twitter Campaign
"Sandy Alderson please give me a chance to play first base, even just a tryout."
That was Canseco's initial tweet on Dec.13, 2010 when he began his Twitter campaign in hopes of getting an invite to the New York Mets spring training camp.
Canseco knew Alderson from when he was with Oakland from 1983 until 1997. Alderson helped build the Athletics around sluggers like Canseco and Mark McGwire.
Needless to say, Canseco never received that call.
19. Possibly the Fastest Athlete Ever?
When Jose Canseco's book titled Juiced, was released in 2005, the former MLB slugger let out this statement in the book.
"In Tampa…I ran the 40-yard dash in 3.9 seconds."
No athlete in the history of the four major sports (baseball, basketball, hockey, football) has ever run a 40 in under four seconds. The fastest recorded time ever was 4.09, which former Redskins defensive back Darrell Green recorded unofficially in training camp.
Canseco could swipe some bags back in the day, but to say that he ran a 3.9 40-yard dash is just flat-out delusional.
18. Nightclub Fight
If there's one ex-baseball player in the world that you probably shouldn't get in a street fight with, it would be Jose Canseco. If there's a second ex-player not to fight with, it would probably be his twin brother, Ozzie.
In October 2001, Jose Canseco and his brother got into a fight with two California tourists at a Miami Beach nightclub. After it was all said and done, the Canseco duo left one man with a broken nose and another needing 20 stitches in his lip.
In return for his stupidity, Canseco was charged with two counts of aggravated battery. Just another check on a list filled with outrageous, crazy moments.
17. Living Problems
Back in 2008, Jose Canseco revealed that his California house had been foreclosed on because he could no longer afford to pay rent due to his previous divorces that cost him close to a combined $15 million.
Then around August of 2010, TMZ reported that the former major leaguer had been evicted from his previous home and he was currently living in a friend's garage. The website claimed that Canseco missed two months of rent at a rented home.
On his Twitter page, Canseco confirmed the rumors and admits that ever since his controversial book Juiced hit shelves, it has been downhill.
It only gets better and better.
16. Bad Girl
Apparently, Jose Canseco was convinced that Alex Rodriguez was not the only player that Madonna went after in her life.
Canseco claims the singer tried to romance him in 1991, even though he was married at the time. He said that Madonna also wanted to get married and have a child with him as well because he was Cuban and she wanted another Cuban kid.
Maybe there's truth to it, maybe there's not. Either way, Canseco put it out there, which just adds to the list of his craziest moments.
15. Book Signing Gone Bad
This is Jose Canseco speaking to the media at a book signing at Chicago.
The former MLB slugger is taking questions about his reported steroid use. At the end of the media session, one reporter asks Canseco about selling out his friends, which caused Canseco to lose his cool and blow up on the guy.
Ah, the luxuries of being a print journalist instead of being in broadcast.
14. Welcome to the Laredo Broncos
After failing to make a comeback in the major leagues, Canseco made a run with just about every team imaginable in the independent Golden Baseball League.
After that didn't work out for him, the former Oakland A's bash brother signed a short-term contract with the Laredo Broncos of the United States Baseball League. To this day, he currently serves both as a designated hitter and a bench coach for the Broncos.
You have to ask yourself, who in their right mind would ever hire this guy as a coach? Maybe he should take a look at this list when it's all finished.
13. Calls out Alex Rodriguez
In this interview with CBS, Canseco calls out Alex Rodriguez and tells this reporter why he despises the Yankees superstar.
He says that A-Rod had an affair with his ex-wife, Jessica. He says that A-Rod stalked her and then he goes on and talks about how he put him in contact with a steroid dealer and how it's pretty obvious that he took steroids.
"I'm gonna call you up and straighten you out, second of all, I'm gonna take a polygraph and third, I'm gonna sue you for everything you're worth."
Perhaps the next outrageous feat on Jose Canseco's list?
12. Women Problems
To say that Jose Canseco had some shakeups in his previous marriages might be the understatement of the year.
For starters, back in 1989, Canseco's first wife, Esther Haddad, accused the former MLB slugger of domestic violence after he supposedly ran his car into hers. The marriage became ugly and they soon divorced two years later.
But that wasn't it for Canseco and his lady drama. In November 1997, he was arrested for allegedly hitting his wife, Jessica Sekely, whom he met while she was working as a Hooters waitress. Just over one year later, Canseco was sentenced to probation and required to have counseling. The couple divorced in 1999.
The guy just wasn't as smooth as he looks.
11. It Was a Setup
Jose Canseco admitted to doing steroids and he has even referred to himself as the godfather of the steroid era in baseball.
But in his book, Juiced, Canseco claims that when he failed his drug test in 2003, it was a setup by Major League Baseball. He claimed that the MLB wanted him discredited because he was "the godfather of steroids" and could be damaging to the game.
This guy's mouth already caused enough damage to the game. This list obviously proves that he is nothing short of crazy, so would failing a drug test in 2003 even begin to surface the issues that he caused himself and Major League Baseball?
10. Surreal Life
As if the the idea of making a TV show based on pairing a mismatched group of celebrities and having them live together wasn't crazy enough, the show decided to step it up another notch.
In Season five of The Surreal Life, Jose Canseco was a member of the show as he shared living space with models, a rapper and an ex-motocross star.
Canseco's top quote from that season: "Oh, yes. I think I'm going to have to victimize these ladies."
Fascinating enough, this wasn't the last of Canseco's guest TV appearances.
9. Stripper's Ball
Just when you thought Jose Canseco's TV career couldn't get any more outrageous, you were wrong.
Back in 2003, Canseco played himself in a film called "Stripper's Ball." The film also included adult film-stars Jenna Jameson and Jill Kelly.
Just to get an idea of how ridiculous this all had to be, former NBA star Dennis Rodman also made an appearance in this film.
8. "Steroid Users Should Be in the Hall of Fame"
If you have followed the Joe Canseco madness over the past year or two, it is no secret that the former MLB slugger loves to let his opinion be heard on Twitter.
But this past summer, Canseco took it to a whole new level.
On August 23, Canseco started a Twitter rant that looked a little something like this:
"Steroids are completely overrated, players should be inducted into the Hall of Fame that used steroids because they would have performed great"
"Without the use of steroids"
"My daughter believed that I could do it so I did"
"Put guys like Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa [and] Juan Gonzalez in the Hall of Fame they are baseball, some of the greatest players ever"
"Steroids are overrated you don't need them I will prove that"
"Players also used cocaine, marijuana and greenies, those are illegal and still were inducted into the Hall of Fame, give them a break"
"I can hit a softball 500 feet just hit a baseball 565 feet without steroids. All steroids did was destroy my life, I gained nothing from them."
"Mark could come back steroid-free and hit 60 HRs, I believe in him, if I can do it he can do it even easier"
"It is sad how revengeful and hateful our society has become I feel bad for our future"
7. Double Take
This is the most recent of Jose Canseco's wild and crazy moments as of late.
Just this past weekend, Canseco was scheduled to fight against Bull Padden at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida. But instead, Jose failed to show up and instead sent his twin brother Ozzie to fill in for him.
It was discovered that it wasn't Jose when Ozzie took off his shirt and didn't have Jose’s tattoos spread all over his upper body.
Jose was paid $10,000 for the fight and hasn't commented on it to reporters, but he did let a few things out on Twitter over the past couple of days. A real surprise there.
6. Caught at the Border
This event went somewhat under the radar, but it is up there with the most outrageous stories in Canseco's storied life.
On October 10, 2008, Canseco was detained by immigration officials as he was trying to cross over from Mexico into the US. Apparently, the former MLB star tried to bring a fertility drug with him in from Mexico. He stated the drug was to help with his hormone replacement therapy, needed due to his use of steroids.
Less than a month later, Canseco pleaded guilty in federal court to the misdemeanor offense of trying to bring the drugs into the USA from Mexico. He was sentenced to 12 months unsupervised probation for his actions.
5. Celebrity Apprentice
Former Major League Baseball slugger turned reality TV star. That is the calling these days for Jose Canseco, who stars in the new season of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice.
Canseco kicked off the new season and managed to avoid elimination on the show's first episode, despite getting into a bit of a fight with former Survivor champ Richard Hatch.
In a recent filming of the show, Canseco was chosen to play one half of a gay couple featured on the show.
"If my father sees this," he said. "He's gonna basically kill me."
4. MMA Fight
Jose Canseco is a big guy and he felt like he could hold his own while taking part in a mixed martial arts fight...not so much.
On May 26, 2009, Canseco made his MMA debut against 7'2" kickboxer and mixed martial artist Hong Man Choi as part of Dream's Super Hulk Tournament. Despite having a black belt in both karate and taekwondo, Canseco got destroyed in the fight, losing in the first round.
In fact, the fight was so ugly that Choi knocked Canseco out at just the 1:17 mark in the first round at Yokohama Arena.
"That's a big man," Canseco said after the fight. "I ran into one of his left jabs and that almost knocked me out. You have no idea how scary it was facing a man that big."
3. Celebrity Boxing
Before he got crushed in that MMA fight, Canseco took his chances fighting in celebrity boxing.
In May 2008, former NFL football player Vai Sikahema accepted a challenge from Canseco to fight him for $30,000. The fight took place on July 12 in Atlantic City, where Sikahema knocked out Canseco in the first round.
Canseco fared slightly better in his next fight against radio-and-television personality Danny Bonaduce. The three-round match ended in a majority draw.
On November 6, 2009, Canseco actually won a fight for a change when he defeated Todd Poulton in a Celebrity Boxing Federation fight.
Apparently, these days Canseco has taken one too many beatings, so he sends his brother to do the dirty work. It will be interesting to see if he ever fights again, or if this just turns into another phase, just like everything else has in this guy's life as of late.
2. Home Run Blooper
We all have our own favorite sports bloopers of all-time. But in a 1993 regular-season game against the Cleveland Indians, Canseco may have provided us with the funniest blooper of all-time.
Carlos Martínez of the Indians hit a fly ball that Canseco lost sight of as he was crossing the warning track. The ball hit him in the head as he ducked down, and it ended up bouncing over the wall for a home run.
A well-known baseball show titled, This Week in Baseball, rated the play as the greatest blooper of the show's first 21 years. It is on virtually every blooper show known to man.
Way to use your head, Jose!
In a lifetime filled with absurd and crazy moments, there wasn't anything that caught the media's attention as much as this did.
In 2005, when baseball's steroid talk was at an all-time high, Canseco came out and admitted to using anabolic steroids in a book that told everything and anything, titled: Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big.
In the book, Canseco listed a number of players in the 1990s who took steroids, including greats like Mark McGwire, Jason Giambi and Rafael Palmeiro.
In the book, Canseco claimed that up to 85 percent of major league players took steroids, which has led to ongoing investigations that are still in question to this day.
Canseco's newest book, Vindicated, was said to continue talks about players using steroids, and gives out names that should have been mentioned in the Mitchell Report.
One crazy life for one crazy individual. Hopefully this list gives everyone an idea of just how nuts Jose Canseco truly is!