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Title: Juiced - Josť Canseco
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 21, 2011, 07:02:39 pm
Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits And How Baseball Got Big (2005)


Taking a break from reading music related books and changing gears a bit to read about another passion of mine....Baseball.

Before I dive head first into reviewing this book, I have to prefaced it by saying that I am a huge fan of Baseball. So back in the day when this cat Jose Canseco exploded onto the Baseball stage, I, along with everyone else, saw the ungodly things he was doing to a baseball.

I can't say that I was ever a fan of his as a player or a celebrity personality. But he definitely couldn't be ignored with what he was doing at the time. So, that brings us to his book...

...Juiced. I never really felt the need to read the book. Everything has pretty much been laid out there by news media for all who are fans of Baseball or sports in general. But I decided to go ahead and give this book a shot at long last and see what all the hype surrounding it was. Good and bad.

Having just finished reading the book yesterday, my immediate thoughts were that this was a really fast read. I blew through it in just a day and a half. I couldn't put the book down. Does this mean that the book itself was that good? No. It was a page turner because it reads more like that of a gossip magazine when dropping names of some of the biggest stars in the sport that didn't think twice about shooting up to give themselves an unfair advantage over those that chose not to do steroids.

The other thing that came across my mind at the end of the book was in how funny it was. Unintentional of course. I couldn't stop laughing at the man's stupidity and ignorance about steroids and himself. I knew he had an ego. What I didn't know was just how inflated his ego was *insert steroid joke here*.

Hearing him talk about what a stud he was/is and how awesome he is and how all the women want him was just a bit too much to take. I love how he says that he rejected Madonna. Uh huh. Okay, bub. Sure you did. I found it very humorous in that Jose was pissed that MLB, i.e. the commissioner, didn't approach him specifically. Had he done so, Jose would have single handily stopped the strike of 1994. Delusional? Perhaps.

As for his writing skill, he is extremely repetitive throughout the entire book going on and on about the merits of steroids and his baseball records. And the way the pages were constructed, it came off disjointed at times, not being able to fully flesh out what he was trying to say.

I can recommend the book if you have it at your local library and want a good laugh and a fast read. But I certainly wouldn't pay for this book. I was lucky to have it at my library as I would have been pissed to spend money on this one.
Title: Re: Juiced - Josť Canseco
Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 08, 2012, 11:26:32 am
Jose Canseco Banned From Mexican League

Title: Re: Juiced - Josť Canseco
Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 31, 2012, 04:48:48 pm
No Way Jose: Canseco On Clemens, Steroids & Independent League Ball