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Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?,
This review is from: Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big (Hardcover)
Jose Canseco was a true record breaker and a baseball 'rock star' that earned him high honors and a lifestyle many envied in MLB. Now with his career over and his monies dwindling (don't think he is truly poor for one moment), he does what any famous retiree does - he gets someone to help him write his memoirs. There is a big difference in Canseco's book compared to other 'tell-alls'. He shamelessly "outs" other players who used steroids and Human Growth Hormones and brags about injecting them. He was the 'supplier'. To be fair, if he didn't do it, someone else would have. The difference is despite his shameless arrogance and lack of remorse, he provides no advice for younger athletes on the serious, long-term health dangers of steroid abuse. Instead, he glamorizes the 'drugs' showing how well they served him. The bold font of this easy read shows that he is appealing to younger readers (do you think it was for the older generations?) That also helps to increase the physical volume of the book. Call it 'juicing the tome. The only thing I brought from this book is the wonder of which athletes would have been the "best that they could be" if they used no steroids. It might have been just the same, as so many have used since. In any event, for perspective one needs to think back to Babe Ruth. He was crass and mean as well, but was a killer athlete that earned his trophies with his real muscles. I suggest getting the book at the library. It's a very fast read and you won't need to spend a dime.
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