October 15, 1989 |
They kept waiting for the big guy to hit one. A plane circled over the Coliseum last night with a sign that read, "Jose, hit the plane, win $1,000. " Then there was the Oakland A's fan who held up a huge red and white target - "Jose's Target" - in the top row of the upper deck in left field whenever Jose Canseco stepped in the batter's box. Any well-aimed, run-of-the- mill, 800-foot homer would have reached it. Maybe that was the trouble. Maybe Canseco, he of the red Jaguars and the monster home runs, was trying to do the impossible with one swing in the opening game of the World Series.
August 1, 1991 |
Jeff from Paramus - that's all the name he would give - came early to Yankee Stadium Tuesday, the better to greet Oakland A's slugger Jose Canseco during batting practice: "I hope you've got your bullet-proof vest on," he yelled. It's hell night in the Bronx, Mr. Canseco. Jeff from Paramus might be amusing if he were not so frightening and there were not so many like him at Yankee Stadium. During the two-game homestand against the A's, a thousand fans, maybe more, seated in the right-field bleachers also greeted Canseco with a hailstorm of rubber balls, coins, batteries, cups, vegetables and radios, all tossed from the stands.
April 22, 1989 |
Oakland A's slugger Jose Canseco was arrested yesterday after a University of California employee spotted a loaded semi-automatic pistol on the floor of Canseco's Jaguar. Canseco, last year's American League Most Valuable Player and the first major-leaguer to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases the same season, was arrested about 2 p.m. outside the Laurel Heights complex of the University of California at San Francisco, police said. Canseco was booked on suspicion of possessing a firearm on university property, a felony, and possession of a loaded firearm in the passenger compartment of a vehicle, a misdemeanor.
January 13, 2010 |
In an interview with an ESPN radio station in Chicago yesterday, Jose Canseco took issue with his former "Bash Brother" on the Athletics, Mark McGwire, insisting that McGwire had misremembered their days together in Oakland. Canseco challenged McGwire to take a public polygraph after McGwire again denied that Canseco ever injected him with steriods in the clubhouse toilet stall. "I want to see him call me a liar under a polygraph examination," Canseco said. McGwire said on MLB Network on Monday that Canseco made up that story in his 2005 book, Juiced.
March 17, 2005 |
Former slugger Jose Canseco's request for immunity from prosecution was denied yesterday, raising the possibility of players' invoking their Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer when they appear before the House Government Reform Committee today to talk about steroids. "No witnesses have been or will be granted immunity," David Marin, a spokesman for committee chairman Tom Davis, said in an e-mail to the Associated Press. But the panel's ranking Democrat, Henry Waxman, of California, said, "Not everything's been fully resolved.
October 22, 1988 |
It was the World Series with the twilight starts. And it was the World Series with the tape-measure finishes. It was the World Series in which Mickey Hatcher turned into Mickey Mantle. And it was the World Series in which Jose Canseco turned into Jose Gonzalez. It was the World Series in which the stunt men got mistaken for the stars of the show. And it was the World Series in which the 104-game winners crashed instead of bashed. It was the World Series in which Roy Hobbs came to life.
February 12, 2005 |
Jose Canseco's memoir continued to shock the baseball world yesterday with revelations that implicate Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and several journeymen players as steroid users. In "Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big," which hit stores yesterday, Canseco writes, "I've never seen Roger Clemens do steroids, and he never told me that he did," but goes on for two pages about how Clemens said he used the term "B-12 shots" - clubhouse code for steroids, Canseco says.
April 15, 1999 |
Jose Canseco became the 28th player in major-league history to reach the 400 home run plateau yesterday in Toronto. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays' designated hitter also became the first player born outside the United States to accomplish the feat when he lined a pitch from Kelvim Escobar 368 feet over the left-field wall in the third inning. Born in Cuba, Canseco is in his 15th major-league season. The last two major-leaguers to reach 400 were Mark McGwire, Canseco's former teammate with the Oakland Athletics, and San Francisco's Barry Bonds.
October 17, 1988 |
The ball went sailing directly over his head, into the night, into the seats, and Jose Canseco barely moved. There was no reason to move. There was no reason to watch. There was no reason to do anything but walk off the field and wait for another day. "He hit it - boom - I knew it was out," said Jose Canseco. "I took one step. I said, 'That's it.' " It was Saturday night in Dodger Stadium. Kirk Gibson - hobbling, staggering, struggling merely to swing the bat - had just taken Game 1 of the 1988 World Series and made it his game.
July 22, 1988 |
You look at him standing there at the plate with that mammoth build, that body made by Bethlehem Steel, and you are not exactly tempted to think of Matt "The Scat" Alexander. You think of baseballs flying like golf balls. You think of home runs disappearing into center-field upper decks. You think of this 6-foot-3, 230- pound monster man named Jose Canseco squashing baseballs like cantaloupes with that awesome strength. But while his tape-measure homers are the stuff of legends, the stuff that captivates This Week in Baseball, it is something else that now captivates this imposing 24-year-old talent from Oakland.