By Rock Mayock 9:00 a.m. | To former MLB superstar and the first 40-40 man Jose Canseco. The FOOTBALLPHDS’ fascination with Jose Canseco is well documented as it originated from our epic debates with Nate Dogg regarding whether or not Jose would make our flag football team undefeated. Although Nate Dogg is no longer with us our love affair with Jose Canseco endures.
Jose is a Cuban born baseball player who swung, not walked, his way to America. His MLB career career lasted 16 years with the highlights being his 1985-1992 stint with his Oakland A’s bash brother Mark McGuire. His career highlights include three (3) World Series appearances, the 1989 World Series championship, the 1988 AL MVP award, and becoming the first 40-40 man with 42 HRs and 40 stolen bases in 1988. All of these accomplishments were tarnished by Canseco’s tell all book Juiced: Wild Time, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big in which he openly admitted to habitual steroid use during his playing days.
Jose’s post MLB life has been nothing short of a train wreck. In 2008 he got his ass knocked out in the first round of a celebrity boxing match by former NFL player Vai Sikahema. In 2009 he barely eked out a Draw decision in a celebrity boxing match against Danny Bonaduce. In 2009 he also got his ass knocked out by the mammoth 7’1” Choi Hong-man in a MMA bout. You can currently catch Jose in his on again/off again baseball career playing for the Independent League Worchester Tornadoes as he attempts to earn enough money to bail himself out of bankruptcy.
Congratulations go out to Paulie Walnuts for demonstrating a nearly PhD level of Jose Canseco knowledge. Once Cousin Felipe finds his way out of that pack of Samba dancing Brazilians he will be in touch with you regarding a prize.
Another pseudo celebrity body part will be ready for our wonderful readers to identify on Sunday. To tide you over until then, here are some clips of Jose’s greatest moments.