Will Leitch at DEADSPIN reports on a fan who bought and reviewed an accidently leaked copy of the new Jose Canseco book “Vindicated.”
The book was somehow put out on sale at a Boston bookstore (oops!) - and purchased by someone named Joe Lavin. Unlike his namesake Steve, Joe actually has some noteworthy information for us.
In the book Canesco apparently reveals that he introduced Alex Rodriguez to a steroid supplier. He also claims that ARod was trying to sleep with his wife, and wrote, “So A-Rod, if you’re reading this book, and if I’m not getting through to you, let’s get clear on one thing: I hate your f***ing guts.”
According to Lavin’s review of the book, Canseco apparently injected Magglio Ordonez with steroids. Canseco later claims in the book that the whole blackmail thing that came out between the two was false.
In the book, Canseco apparently never accuses Roger Clemens of doing steroids, but has his suspicions. He also writes of a conspiracy by George W. Bush to protect Clemens:
Roger Clemens was from Texas. He went to play for the Astros, to be close to his family. George W. Bush, a former owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team, is, like Clemens, a proud Texan. Clemens is a personal friend of Bush Sr. and his wife, Barbara. Clemens still has a standing invitation from Bush Jr. to visit the White House anytime. Getting the picture? Maybe the president of the United States, or his daddy, the ex-president, made some calls and took care of things for good ole Roger.
The best excerpt from Lavin though is undoubtedly Canseco’s supposed mention of 60 minutes’ Mike Wallace:
When the cameras stopped rolling, Wallace asked me if we could talk, off-camera. He kept me there for another hour, clearly curious about steroids. . . . He wondered how the steroids and human growth hormones (HGH) might help him, a man in his eighties, live a longer, healthier life. He wanted to know everything. . . . When Wallace was done interrogating me, I could see I had piqued his interest. Whether I’d made a convert of him, I can’t say. Still, I know, I was pretty convincing.
Now, we’ve always thought Morley Safer was juiced, so this should come as no surprise.
Now that the public clearly believes Canseco in all of this, we wonder if he might take a few liberties to make himself look good in this second book.
Next question: What will this mean for ARod? Probably not much. If he hasn’t been dragged down by now, we doubt he will be in the future.