And that, folks, is one of the tamer Tweets sent by Jose “I’ll Narc About Steroids and Consider Myself a Hero” Canseco and the absolutemeltdown he’s currently going through. I’m not sure what, exactly, led to baseball’s “first member 40/40 club’s” (How much juice did that designation take?) Twitter explosion; although, a friend of mine pointed this out.
I’m honestly not sure why Canseco would think responding to such nonsense is a good idea — especially in the manner he initially used, which led directly to the meltdown — but perhaps he’s trying to manage his reputation of being something of an ass.
You see, a lot, if not most, people don’t want to be known as a jerk or a hothead, and that’s why most people don’t allow their Twitter accounts to devolve into something resembling the petulant rantings of a jilted high school kid; but then again, none of us are Jose Canseco, either.I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone pat themselves on the back so vigorously, all because they willfully betrayed the trust of just about every person they came across while playing professional baseball; and for nothing more than to supplement a bank account. Make no mistake, Canseco didn’t blow every whistle he could fit into his mouth to better the product he once took advantage of.
No. He simply wrote his steroid tell-alls to make a quick buck.
So while most people use Twitter to control the “good parts” of their reputation, Canseco is using his to show histruecolors — and in that respect, he succeeded beyond even my wildest dreams.
Contrition is a wonderful thing and Charles delivers. Taking a queue from CSTB, compare this with the gibberish Alex Rodriguez offered the other day. His delivery sounds like a poor script reading for an upcoming sports sitcom on ESPN. Notice, Charles didn’t use a prepared statement as A-Rod did, and yet, he comes across as being more sincere and certainly a lot more apologetic for his actions. He’s also been quick to blame himself. A-Rod, on the other hand, blamed youthful indiscretion, even though his pattern of usage shows a calculated decision was being made.
Again, compare A-Rod’s statement to Barkley’s apology.
And I still don’t care. Maybe I’m missing the big picture here. Yes, it’s surprising when a sports “hero” is caught cheating, but let’s consider the era we are talking about here. It was such a disgusting time for baseball, so bad it with all of the dirt going on, it made this guy famous — AGAIN — for no reason whatsoever, other than he was willing to rat out his teammates in print to make a buck. Hell, that book single-handedly kick-started the Mitchell Report investigation.
And this A-Rod news is somehow supposed to be earth-shattering?
So, did any interesting Alex Rodriguez news come out this weekend? I must have missed it because I don’t what all the hub-bub is about. Oh this? Yeah, I guess I can see how that can be troubling, but for some reason, the only response I can think of is this:
Everyone’s favorite steroid snitch is looking for a place to stay after his mansion in California was foreclosed, leaving the stoolie without a home. Maybe Earl Hickey is right about this whole karma thing. When asked why his house was snatched up, an explanation was offered:
Canseco told the syndicated TV show “Inside Edition” that he walked away from his $2.5 million, 7,300-square foot home in suburban Encino because it didn’t make sense to continue making payments.
“I do have a judgment on my home and it to me is very strange because it didn’t make financial sense for me to keep paying a mortgage on a home that was basically owned by someone else,” he said in an interview that aired Thursday.
Sounds like he’s broke to me. I guess ratting out the entire Major League Baseball association didn’t go as well for him as he had hoped. Nor did that Surreal Life appearance.
I’m sure most of you saw the above “interview” Jose Canseco gave to ABC’s Martin Beshear, an interview where Canseco answered absolutely nothing and gave the impression he popped up — again — just for publicity. He has no evidence to present against Alex Rodriguez and when he’s asked about why he doesn’t come forward with something besides hot air, he gives a bogus reply, saying “the timing isn’t right.”
He goes on to say (threaten), “let’s see if they all call me a liar again,” which seems to mean if A-Rod takes Canseco to task, Canseco will unearth his smoking gun. Whatever. Jose, you come across as nothing but an attention whore. Be proud.
The interview then turned its attention towards Roger Clemens, a person Canseco doesn’t think used steroids. He goes as far to say he believed Clemens’ Congressional hearing testimony, even though there was actual, you know, evidence to suggest the contrary… unlike anything Jose has offered. Ever. He just appears on our radar every so often (when not appearing on the Surreal Life) with some allegations about this player and that player.
However, has anyone pointed out that Canseco is an awful lot of talk and very little substance? His only weapons are his words and when he’s asked about evidence, he either, A. says the timing is bad or B. has none (I’m sorry, did I miss all those syringes he saved from his Mark McGwire torpedoing?)
I mean, at least Brian McNamee produced SOMETHING when he the burden of proof was addressed. Maybe it was just the contents of his trashcan, but it’s better than anything Canseco’s offered… unless, of course, you like hot air.
The FBI has begun investigating whether Roger Clemens lied to Congress when he denied taking performance-enhancing drugs. FBI agents in Washington opened the case a little more than two weeks after Clemens and Brian McNamee, his former personal trainer, testified at a House committee hearing Feb. 13, each accusing the other of lying.
I hope your denials were worth the trouble, Roger. Because whether you deserve it or not, you’ve got it now.