- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: It Books; Reprint edition (Feb. 28 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060746416
- ISBN-13: 978-0060746414
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 408 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big Paperback – Feb 28 2006
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In this poorly written, controversial memoir, Canseco, a one-time American League MVP, reveals himself to be an unapologetic user of performance-enhancing drugs. Canseco readily admits that he was never the most talented of athletes, and that he never really had the drive to be a star until he made a promise of greatness to his dying mother. After a year of playing some uninspired minor league ball, Canseco packed on a superhuman 25 pounds of muscle in one off-season with the help of steroids and a human growth hormone. A string of tainted baseball achievements followed-including an all-star invitation as a rookie, an MVP award and a World Series title with the Oakland A's-before his life and career unraveled. Judging from the recent BALCO case, baseball certainly does have a steroid problem. But despite the headline-grabbing claims in this book, whether Canseco really knows anything about the problem beyond his own use is questionable. Rather, what emerges is a portrait of a bitter, disgraced ex-player who so desperately wants respect that he casts his own extraordinary recklessness as perfectly commonplace, a scorched-earth attempt to raise his own legend by bringing the game-and some of its great players-down to his level. Most shocking is that Canseco remains an unabashed booster of steroids, claiming they'll one day be used safely under medical supervision to propel humans to better health and great feats. Doctors disagree, and it should be noted that doctors did not administer Canseco's steroid use. "Is it cheating," Canseco asks in a revealing moment of moral relativism, "to do what everyone wants you to do?" If that very question were asked by a little leaguer, its answer could not be more obvious.
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About the Author
Jose Canseco was born in Havana, Cuba, and immigrated to Miami in the 1970s. After being drafted by the Oakland Athletics, he went on to win Rookie of the Year, the American League MVP Award, and a World Series ring. In all, he played for seven different teams and ended his baseball career with a total of 462 home runs. Today, Canseco lives a quiet life in California with his daughter, Josie.
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However, Canseco's book is also pure propaganda work. The author wants you to believe that steroids are the answer to any problems. Steroids will make you live longer, it will cure anything, it will make you happy. "Juiced" is first and foremost an effort at justification.
That's a lot of bull.
5 stars for how it happended and who did it.
1 star for the justification, propaganda work.
It means the book is worth 3 stars.
Canseco was chastised for writing this purportedly untrue account of future baseball Hall of Famers. He has since been vindicated and the narrative he provides is a must read for all baseball fans. I give it four stars out of five!
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Professional athletes looking for an edge - an illegal edge - is as old as professional sports, but things took a terrible turn in the late 1980's when a young Cuban immigrant named Jose Canseco broke into the big leagues with the Oakland A's.
After a turbulent career, things only got stranger for the proclaimed godfather of steroids. So in his book Juiced, Canseco lays outs his life, his career, and his role in introducing baseball to infamous world of steroids. I honestly tried to sympathize with Canseco's situation, but in the end I still found Canseco to be an egotistical, has been looking for honor and glory.
Canseco credits himself as the savior of baseball and revolutionary who will one day be honored when professional sports accept steroids. Though I can understand his "savior" of baseball argument considering the 1994 MLB strike and the 1998 home run chase, I cannot comprehend the declaration that steroids will one day be as customary as ice packs and sunflower seeds. Perhaps I am a little too present-minded and traditional to see professional sports encouraging steroids.
While reading Juiced, I got confused on whom the real Jose Canseco is. At one moment he talks about baseball as if it is just a means to an end, then a few chapters later he treats the sport as if it is a religion. He credits steroids for making him a great athlete, but later explains that he is the talent and that steroids only supplemented his abilities. He considers himself a steroids expert but never once does he considered the idea that his use of performance enhancing drugs may have multiplied his trips to the disabled list.
As much as he tries to fool you, Canseco did not know what he was doing. For a steroid enhanced athlete, he had a few fantastic seasons but a forgettable career. If it was not for the steroid controversy the name Jose Canseco would have lost to long list of notable rookies with lackluster careers.
Though my feelings for Canseco may be sour, I did find the book interesting as a time capsule. When you read it today in the post-steroid era, you really do see how much the owners, the union, and the fans all turned a very, very blind eye to the issues. Everyone is to blame for the steroid era, yet only the players get the guilty verdict.
The writing here is my biggest complaint. It's just not very... good. It isn't very descriptive and lacks details and in-depth anecdotes that you would expect in a tell-all biography like this. There are some here but not as many as I would have thought.
With that said, it's still a fun and easy/quick read. Great for any sports fan who's looking for something entertaining and fun... just don't expect anything overly eloquent.
The book is entertaining and as Jose says: he is an entertainer. Don't expect anything cerebral here ... just a interesting view of some of the baseball culture that you may or may not know about.
I enjoyed the book for what it was and found it an entertaining, quick read that I enjoyed while floating around my swimming pool. This was perfect for that.
I hadn't expected this type of book from Jose Canseco! I thought I'd be reading about the Jose the media choked us with for so many years. The egotistical bad boy that everyone loved to hate but had to watch in spite of it all. What interested me was the scoop on steroids but I wasn't certain I could get through a book which had Senor Rooster preening himself in every other sentence! What a shock I had as I began to turn the pages.
This is no ordinary jock who is cocky and self-assured. This is a man who knew exactly what he was doing every moment he was doing it and with tremendous results. He was far from self-assured as he was growing up and throughout his years in the game. He educated himself about the different types of steroids and HGH, how they interacted with one another, how the body & liver processes these dangerous chemicals and came up with a regimen that suited his body and its functions to the proverbial "T" and more. He shared his knowledge with other players allowing them the same advantages he was experiencing and always cautioned them to use these enhancers responsibly.
He named names of players he absolutely had first hand knowledge of using these chemicals. He knew because he injected them himself and those he wasn't certain of ever taking them, he mentioned only in passing as those he had spoken to about the chemicals. Mark McGwire had the lions share of references in the book since they were teammates on the Oakland A's and Jose used to inject him. Without giving too much away at this point, he does mention those players who went overboard on usage and gives a straightforward look into what steroids have done and can do for baseball and all sports.
The revelation of this book is that I felt I understand Jose Canseco and why he did what he did. I came through to the last pages and knew I liked this man and no longer blamed him for what he knew in his heart and mind was right to do for himself. I applaud his honesty about himself, his decisions and overt head in the sand attitude by the entire MLB organization from the Commissioner's, team owners, managers, players and the way down to the bottom rung of the staffs. All in all, a fascinating expose.Juiced : Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big