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The Alchemist is right again

Posted on: January 12, 2010 4:16 pm
He's not a good guy.

He's kind of a rat fink.

He's not someone you can embrace.

But, once again, Jose Canseco, the original high profile baseball Alchemist, is dead on right.

Remember, it was Canseco who first wrote in his book "Juiced" that he injected Mark McGwire with steroids in a bathroom stall. McGwire denied the claim then and now.

Canseco looks truthful and not just about McGwire. Almost every slugger Canseco has accused of using performance enhancing drugs has been linked to them.

Canseco is the biggest and arguably the sole reason why we know who's used and who hasn't. He got the steroid ball rolling.

Is Canseco a good guy? No, he's a rat, and no one likes rats.

But he's been right on almost everything and everything when it comes to baseball and steroids.

The Alchemist strikes again.
Category: MLB
Tags: Jose Canseco

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2010 10:57 pm

The Alchemist is right again

You make a great argument.  No ballplayer likes the guy, but no one can refute what he says.  Roger Clemens drops his defamation of character suit against Brian McNamee.  Why?  He had no grounds to stand on.  It was a smokescreen to make people think he was innocent.  Why, he threw his own wife under the bus.  I saw him in Spring Training with the Astros the same not long after Canseco's book came out and everyone was afraid of being caught.  Now, I cannot say for certain he took anabolic steroids, but he had lost 25-35 pounds and looked like he did when he came up with the Red Sox.  The transformation was unreal.  Until that moment, I never considered the possibility of a pitcher taking steroids.

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2010 10:48 pm

The Alchemist is right again


Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2010 10:27 pm

The Alchemist is right again

And I long for the days when baseball players had to have a second job in the off season to support their families.

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2010 10:25 pm

The Alchemist is right again

Or if you happen to be agnostic or from one of the non judeo-christian religions, nevermind that it's a stretch to connect any supposed prophet to a sports discussion

Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2010 10:08 pm

The Alchemist is right again

Thank you Mr. Freeman, for your attempt at giving Jose Canseco some well deserved credit on the issue of outing baseball's  robber barons. I can't argue with the fact that Jose Canseco is just as guilty as the more successful hitters he injected with steroids, but hypocrisy is a greater crime than enhancement. His character should not matter. If a prostitute witnessess a murder, should her/his eye witness account be critisized because people don't like the fact that he/she is a prostitute? Look, Canseco did what many people (including political leaders) in our milktoast society refuse to do--stand up boldly and tell the truth in spite of the media's attempt to color the story and cloud the issue. Keep it simple--Jose Canseco is no more a "rat fink " than the average citizen who alerts authorities about drug deals and robberies that would otherwise go unreported. The truth is paramount Mr. Freeman, and none of us that seek truth and justice are without flaws. Childlike name calling only serves to cloud the issue...which is finally being addressed in baseball. Thank You Jose, maybe baseball fans will soon enjoy the game again without doubting the integrity of it's players. 

Since: Sep 24, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2010 8:21 pm

The Alchemist is right again

Nothing wrong with the comparison unless course your an atheist

Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2010 8:12 pm

The Alchemist is right again

canseco is a rat, but mac,tony are lying rat finks. I'll take conceco anyday over this pitiful charade mlb is trying. costas, selig aand any others involved with this in this coverup should lose the platform they have. I have attended many cardinal games but will NEVER enter the park if mac or laruso are in the place. sad,sad,

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2010 6:56 pm

Canseco might be the only honest man in baseball

The silence that followed Jose Canseco's book was all the proof I needed. Has anybody ever filed a defamation lawsuit against Canseco?

Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2010 6:03 pm

The Alchemist is right again

But he's been right on almost everything and everything when it comes to baseball and steroids. Here's an except from Vindicated

The same thing was going on in wrestling. In track. In cycling. In the Olympics. It became an international phenomenon. At one point, I heard they were thinking of testing golfers!

What can I tell you? Steroids had taken over sports. 

If you think about the circumstances behind baseball in the 1990s and the NFL today, they are eerily similar. The NFL is at its height with revenue sharing and advertising dollars at an all-time high. This is a billion-dollar industry where million dollar contracts are being passed around like nothing.

Moreso than baseball, the NFL is a strength-based sport. Arm strength, pain tolerance, and pass rush ability are all functions of power which easily relate to steroids and their perceived benefits.

No one is doing or saying anything due to the enormous amount of money at stake. Congress won't do anything because virtually every politician or high-ranking official has direct or indirect financial ties to the NFL. Same goes for these mega-media outlets who have consolidated power by absorbing dying print publications and radio stations.

What's worse - there's no way to tell who uses steroids because everyone in the NFL is huge. We won't have a Barry Bonds-type transformation because all players are jacked out of their minds.

There's simply too much at stake for players. The difference between a 1st round pick guaranteed $10 million and a 2nd round pick making $3 million may come down to a 40-yard-dash time.

Think there could be some corruption there?

Not to get too personal, but this is why I want to be a journalist. There's an earth-shattering story here, yet no one wants to talk about it because money is too important. No one wants to be "black-listed" or risk their career doing actual investigative work.

The press is responsible for exposing, uncovering, and informing the public of the truth. When the press itself is corrupt, what happens then? Who do the people have to turn to?

Barack Obama preaches change, and I agree.

Something needs to be done, but I fear it's already much too late...

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2010 6:01 pm

The Alchemist is right again

would it be safe to say that mcgwire you did on that job application to th indianapolis star tribune????   you know lied...tried to fool people into thinking you were something you were not.....

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