Careful What You Wish For, Jose …
I think it’s fair to say that during Jose’s time in the spot light, he did not appreciate it. Take a look at this photo, for example. It comes from Upper Deck’s beautiful 1991 set and features Jose Canseco in his prime wearing a “Leave Me Alone” t-shirt. Ah, the 90s. Today, 21 years later, Jose is doing everything in his power to stay in the spot light.
From reality TV to celebrity boxing, down to Twitter-whoring and trying out for Independent leagues and begging for MLB tryouts. His latest stunt is desperately hounding retired NBA legend, Shaq, to a boxing fight. This all comes after being banned by the Mexican League he was trying out for after being caught with an illegal substance.
Jose, in 1990 you were on top of the world. You were hands down the best player in the game and had legions of fans, young and old. The entertainment world and pop stars were enamored with your “bad boy” ways and the sports world was ready to give you an early call to the Hall of Fame based on your 1988 season alone.
You wanted us to leave you alone. Well, it’s 2012 and you got what you wanted.