Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big

October 30, 2020
Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big

When Jose Canseco burst into the Major Leagues in the 1980s, hechanged the sport -- in more ways than one. No player before himpossessed his mixture of speed and power, which allowed him tobecome the first man in history to belt more than forty home runsand swipe more than forty bases in the same season. He won Rookieof the Year, Most Valuable Player, and a World Series ring.Canseco shattered the mold of the out-of-shape baseball playerand ushered in a new era of superathletes who looked likebodybuilders, made outrageous salaries, and enjoyed rock-starlifestyles. And the ticket for this ride? Steroids. Behind thegaudy stats and the glamour of his public life, Canseco cultivateda secret just about everyone in MLB knew about, one that wouldalter the game of baseball and the way we view our heroes forever.Canseco made himself a guinea pig of the performance-enhancingdrugs that were only just beginning to infiltrate the Americanunderground. Anabolic steroids, human growth hormones -- Cansecomixed, matched, and experimented to such a degree that he becameknown throughout the league as "The Chemist." He passed hisknowledge on to trainers and fellow players, and before long,performance-enhancing drugs were running rampant throughout MajorLeague Baseball. Sluggers scooping up pitches at their ankles andblasting them out of the park, pitchers cranking fastballs inningafter inning -- Canseco showed the players how to customize theirdoses to sculpt the bodies they wanted, and baseball as we know itwas the result.Today, this issue has crept out of the closet and burst into theheadlines as players balloon to herculean proportions andhundred-year-old records are not only broken, but also demolished.In this shocking memoir, Canseco sheds light on a life of dizzyinghighs and debilitating lows, provides the answers to questionsabout steroids that millions of fans are only now beginning to ask-- and suggests that, far from being a passing trend, the steroidrevolution is only a taste of things to come.Who's juiced? According to Canseco's authoritative account, morethan you think. And baseball will never be the same.Epub created from pdf scan, with table of contents etc.