As revenge, Canseco conceived a tell-all memoir in which he would call out his fellow players for steroid use. Within a month of its publication, Juiced sparked a congressional hearing. My name is Jody Avirgan. And this is the first episode of our fourth season. Our first one is one that applies a small lens to a big story — steroids in baseball.

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As revenge, Canseco conceived a tell-all memoir in which he would call out his fellow players for steroid use. Within a month of its publication, Juiced sparked a congressional hearing. My name is Jody Avirgan. And this is the first episode of our fourth season. Our first one is one that applies a small lens to a big story — steroids in baseball.

For years, especially in the 90s, steroid use by major leaguers was kind of an open secret, but not one that any players were willing to talk about. These players, by the way, were huge. Giant necks, bulging biceps, enormous home runs. And one of the biggest — and most controversial players — was Jose Canseco.

He was the one that finally decided to break the code of silence. And he did so by writing a book. This is the story of how that book came together. A quick warning — this episode contains mature language. But on this day in March , something changed.

Canseco had retired from baseball two years earlier. But he was only 38 home runs shy of , a magical number that use to guarantee a spot in the Hall of Fame. And he was trying to get back in. The media was there … and Lasorda was there. He looked like he was out of shape. To tell the media that I was out of shape. That might be number Number 40! At times comical. And bounced over the wall for a homer. Look at this. Jose always had an up and down relationship with Major League Baseball.

He felt they loved him when he was hitting home runs, breaking records and taking teams to the World Series, but as he got older, he felt baseball was shutting him out. I am not going to go silently into the night. And one of the very few ways back then to get the story out. Was through writing a book. Previously that day she had read it and called me an illiterate monkey.

And then I rewrote it as fast as I could so I could catch her before she left. And I gave it to her. The next draft she read it and she goes good work.

I always remember the good work. Jose Canseco had an explosive story about baseball. Came down to the office…. And you know I cried my eyes out and I promised her I was going to become the best player in the world for her.

You know what happened to my mom and the promise I made her. And what can I do. He put on fifty pounds of muscle in less than a year. And his newly enhanced body helped take him from minor league nobody to major league star. Angry blinds you.

You fat fuck Tommy Lasorda, all you do is fucking eat pasta all day and look like Humpty Dumpty. And then it got passed to Daniel Nayeri. His boss handed him two folders with stories to go into the production pipeline.

But for the book to stand out, they needed something no one else in baseball had done to this point — they needed Jose to name names. Forgive and forget. But you know what? The little devil won because I was angry at Major League Baseball. First up — find a ghostwriter. The man for the job? Steve Kettmann. He thought that the, you know, unsavory aspect with Jose was a reason not to do it. Clearly a lot of guys were using steroids.

In it, he directly called out baseball for looking the other way when it came to performance enhancing drugs. I just felt that it was a huge story that such a large percentage of players in baseball were using steroids.

And I felt the general public really had no understanding of what was going on. So I get there. He wants to show me around his ridiculous McMansion that he had with horrible choices on display everywhere. And to do it, you have to really want to do it, and you have to either have a good idea of what you want to say or you have to have the stamina to hang in there to find out what you want to say.

He had this big canopy bed with satin sheets and he had back issues. He had a lot of back pain. So the only way he got in the mood to talk was to lie flat on his satin sheets in his bed, I think in like boxer shorts.

Jose laying in bed and Steve sitting next to the bed with a tape recorder, furiously taking notes. Jose started from the top. He told Steve about his mother and the first time he took steroids.

And then he told him about , when the steroid rumors first began to spread. It is absolutely a given in baseball clubhouses that he is the most conspicuous example of a player who made himself great with steroids. I mean, somewhere…].

I never tested positive for PEDs. And there was one town in particular that really let him have it. The next year, they marched back and won the whole thing. Jose Canseco was a world champion. In , the league sent out a memo that using steroids was against the rules. But it was a joke, because no team ever tested for them. They wanted me to do whatever I had to do.

To hit monstrous home runs. To do the forty-forty because I was filling up the stadium by myself. I gotta get some of that. Why are you cheating? Now, he was going to have to share dirt on other players. I got names. That was all obviously true. I had background reporting on it. I knew that we were on very solid ground. I understood what we had and I understood the impact it was going to have.

Writing began in November. And the plan was to have the book out before spring training in March , one year after the failed tryout with the Dodgers. That was the norm at Regan Books. So it was just me and the lights are down, and so yeah it was it was very very fast. That she was giving some thought to killing the book.

And we would have beauty pageants, and my suite would have fake cards with markers. And the top like, five contestants… We continue the party at night taking them out with us to all these exotic club stuff like that. The rest of the girls have to go home. This was more human interest. It was more the bigger than baseball side of Jose, Madonna and that chapter of his life. And the whole combination… Judith Regan found that incredibly interesting. Word was getting around that Jose had actually done it.


Jose Canseco tells SI he wishes he never wrote 'Juiced'

The book is autobiographical, and it focuses on Canseco's days as a major leaguer, his marriages, his daughter, and off-field incidents including his barroom brawl in The book deals primarily with anabolic steroids, drawing upon the personal experiences of Canseco. He also believes he was blackballed by baseball when Bud Selig decided that the league needed to be cleaned up. One of Juiced' s central precepts is that steroid use is not in and of itself a bad thing, as long as the person is being monitored by a physician and the dosages are small. Canseco believes that steroids cannot only improve the game of baseball but also improve and lengthen lives and that more research needs to be done on the topic.


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