May 9, 2005

Review: Juiced by Jose Canseco

Verdict: Don't bother.

I picked this up in the library hoping for a good, fast, trashy sports read, and there was a glimpse of it in the intro, where after Jose says that kids shouldn't do roids blah blah blah he lets loose with this:

Yes, you heard me right: Steroids, used correctly, will not only make stronger and sexier, they will also make you healthier.

ALL RIGHT! Unfortunately, the rest of this short book is nothing more than perfunctory.

If you followed the hoopla upon the release of the book you've heard all the dirt, and don't really get much more here. Canseco tries to make the point that he was railroaded while the media looked the other way with the other big names, which is a fair enough point but doesn't change the fact that he was unapologetically using steroids for his career.

So if you're looking for a fun baseball read, instead of this, may I recommend The Bad Guys Won by Jeff Pearlman, a chronicle of the '86 Mets assholing their way to the World Series.