Apparently Everyone Is Tired Of Jose Canseco Being Right About Steroids, Which Is A Bit Of A Shame
When I first saw the picture above, I really thought it was photoshopped. But it turns out that it's real.
After yet another one of Jose Canseco's dominoes fell - by which I mean Manny Ramirez - Canseco held a press conference at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons.
[Just for some background: Canseco said there was a 90% chance that Manny was on the 2003 list of 104 players who tested positive for steroids, and while that didn't happen, Ramirez almost certainly did steroids at some point.]
As you can see, it was attended by one lone reporter, who was from the AP.
While part of me is laughing hysterically, another part of me is actually saddened by this. As weird of a guy as Canseco has been since he retired, he's quite literally the only guy who's been right on the button when it comes to steroids. This is the one person who really has any credibility on the subject, not Selig, and he's completely ignored now. I mean, he nailed A-Rod when EVERYONE was saying only A-Rod could save the game from Bonds' tainted home run record.
Now yes, Canseco used the press conference to talk about how he was blackballed from the game (even though he played for 17 years) but he also said that MLB officials, the players’ union and others profited from the success of players who used steroids, knew what was going on, and have pretty much failed to do anything about it. And he's right.
I think the truth of the matter here is that we like people who break bombshell style stories like steroids in baseball to be moral upstanding citizens. Canseco is not that. But it doesn't make his words any less true.
Mark Felt, known as "Deep Throat", helped guide Woodward and Berstein to evidence and stories that pushed an increasingly corrupt and nuts Richard Nixon out of office. It turned out Felt wasn't doing this for the good of the nation, he was doing it because Nixon had appointed a guy to be head of the FBI instead of him. He was pissed.
The world is not a perfect place. Sometimes unsavory or vengeful characters help us discover the most important truths. If we ignore them even after they've been proven right every time, then we ignore them at our own peril.