Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A-Rod Responds To Canseco

Jose Canseco says in his new book that he hates "[A-Rod's] ****ing guts" because the Bronx Bomber tried to bed Canseco's then spouse and current ex-wife. The self-proclaimed Godfather of Steroids then explains how he introduced Alex Rodriguez to a prominent steroid source. Canseco never says that Rodriguez took steroids, or witnessed him inject them as he did with Mark McGwire, but he needs to sell books somehow doesn't he?

Rodriguez has already responded to Canseco's allegations via Newsday:
"I really have absolutely no reaction."
Regarding Canseco accusing A-Rod of pursuing his wife at the time:
"He said that in his book?", then said, "I have absolutely no comment."
There's no doubt that Canseco's previous book and statements panned out as enlightening when it came to Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and others. However, his comments on A-Rod and Magglio Ordonez [whom Canseco attempted to extort] appear to be opportunism without any foundation.

McGwire and Barry Bonds saw their numbers spike into the stratosphere, taking their offensive production into levels never before seen in professional baseball. Rodriguez's production - beginning with his first full season in which he hit .358 with 36 homers and 123 RBI - has remained consistently extraordinary and without any outlandish statistical aberrations.

Then there's this:
Canseco also wrote that Mitchell favored the Red Sox (the team that employs him) in his investigation, according to Lavin, and he detailed the interest that legendary "60 Minutes" reporter Mike Wallace expressed in steroids and human growth hormone.
"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."
On HGH Mike Wallace could have cut that show down to 40, 45 minutes tops. Sounds more like The Onion than reporting.

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