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Juiced : wild times, rampant 'roids, smash hits, and how baseball got big
Jose Canseco
Adult Nonfiction GV865.C313 A3 2005

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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. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.


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