There is a part of us that wants to believe Jose Canseco and take him seriously. He was right about A-Rod using steroids and right about Manny Ramirez using them. If you want to see what blackballing looks like, check out Canseco and the way the sport and its press treat him.
(Just a reminder: a horrific beating at the hands of the LAPD is literally the only reason you know who Canseco’s opponent is.)
But with “Jose Canseco, Oracle of Steroids” also comes “Jose Canseco, Comically Tragic Sideshow,” unfortunately. And the problem with having no sense of decency is that making money becomes a matter of shocking people into paying attention. How would one accomplish that, you might ask? Oh, how about a fistfight with the guy whose only claim to fame is being the victim of an assault that led to the L.A. Race Riots? Because that’s actually seriously happening.