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Whatever Jose Canseco's reputation is, he may or may not be telling the truth in "Juiced." Vague accusations and unverifiable assertions abound. But once in a while, Canseco writes things that can be factually checked.

 

So is the book, as Canseco's attorney, Robert Saunooke, told Mike and Mike on ESPN radio, "100 percent" accurate. Is Jose a "very reliable" and "very credible" writer?

 

Let's have a look ...

 

On his rookie season (1986):

 

We went to Detroit ... Walt Terrell gave me a good pitch to hit. I took a big swing and hit a home run to center field that ended up in the Tiger Stadium upper deck. They told me afterward that I had already hit a home run in every AL ballpark as a rookie.

-- p. 65

 

Canseco didn't hit a home run in Detroit in 1986. Or in Kansas City, for that matter. So what "they" told him about hitting a homer in every ballpark as a rookie was wrong, even if you take into account his 1985 September callup.

 

According to Retrosheet, Jose went 4-for-8 (three singles and a triple) in three games against Terrell in 1986. That monster shot? Canseco is probably remembering Mark McGwire's first major league homer, a colossal 450-foot blast off Terrell in Detroit on August 25.

 

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On Bret Boone:

 

I remember one day during 2001 spring training, when I was with the Anaheim Angels in a game against the Seattle Mariners, Bret Boone's new team. I hit a double, and when I got out there to second base I got a good look at Boone. I couldn't believe my eyes. He was enormous. "Oh my God," I said to him. "What have you been doing?"

 

"Shhh," he said. "Don't tell anybody." Whispers like that were a sign that you were part of the club ...

-- p. 264

 

This conversation almost certainly didn't take place.

 

The Mariners and Angels played five spring training games in 2001.

 

On Friday, March 2, the Angels beat the Mariners, 5-2. Jose went 0-for-2 as a DH, and did not reach base.

 

On Friday, March 9, the Mariners beat the Angels, 8-3. Canseco struck out twice in two at-bats. Boone did not play.

 

On Sunday, March 11, the Angels beat the Mariners, 5-4. Neither Canseco or Boone played.

 

On Monday, March 12, a Mariners split-squad beat an Angels split squad, 4-2. Canseco did not play.

 

On Tuesday, March 27, the Mariners beat the Angels, 15-2. Canseco did not play.

 

In spring training 2001, Canseco hit only one double in 39 at bats. He did not steal a base.

 

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On the 2000 Subway Series against the Mets:

 

In game six, though, I was sitting there on the Yankee bench on a cold night at Shea Stadium ... But all of a suidden, Torre called down to me. "Canseco, you're hitting." ...

 

I went up to the plate to pinch-hit for David Cone, and it was bad. Three strikes and you're out.

-- pp. 232-233

 

There was no Game 6 of the 2000 World Series.

 

Canseco batted for Cone in Game 4, and it was an important at-bat in a close game. The Yankees led 3-2 with two on and two out when Jose did strike out looking, on a 2-2 pitch.

 

:lol

 

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On the 2000 Subway Series against the Mets:

 

In game six, though, I was sitting there on the Yankee bench on a cold night at Shea Stadium ... But all of a suidden, Torre called down to me. "Canseco, you're hitting." ...

 

I went up to the plate to pinch-hit for David Cone, and it was bad. Three strikes and you're out.

-- pp. 232-233

 

There was no Game 6 of the 2000 World Series.

 

Canseco batted for Cone in Game 4, and it was an important at-bat in a close game. The Yankees led 3-2 with two on and two out when Jose did strike out looking, on a 2-2 pitch.[/b]

 

OWNED!!!!!

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if you guys want to believe that people like McGwire, Bret Boone, Igor Gonzalez, Pudge Rodriguez, Steve Finley, Jose Valentin, Jason Giambi, Barry Bonds among others, get that way because of "hard work and dedication", go ahead and believe it.

 

im not going to believe everything Canseco says, but somethings are just to obvious to the human eye. people dont just balloon to those sizes over night.

 

and yes, by reading the book, you can tell the guys infatuation with steroids. he cant go two sentences without praising them.

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