14 October, 2017
English Composition 101
Juiced: Jose Canseco
Introductory Paragraph This book was written by Jose Canseco, a former MLB player who was caught using steroids. Canseco was onto a promising start to his baseball career when he was caught using PEDs. He won Rookie of the Year, MVP, and was a multiple time All Star before he was caught using the banned substance. Along with many other MLB players, his greatness on the field may be overshadowed by the fact that he used performance enhancing drugs. This book is quite interesting, as Canseco makes his claim that steroids make the game better, and that he thinks that they can be better for the game. Throughout the book, Canseco writes about how steroids affected …show more content…
Canseco would win Rookie of the Year and quickly became a star. Because of all this, he became a household name in baseball. One story that Canseco tells throughout the book, just so happens to involve the police. Canseco was clocked speeding 202 miles per hour in his new Lamborghini. Instead of arresting him, the policeman decided to strike a deal with Canseco. If Canseco let the policeman drive his car for an hour, he would let Canseco walk. Surely enough, the deal was completed and both continued with their day, however, this shows that he was well known, and also respected at that time. The original idea that a baseball player is out of shape and unfit was quickly destroyed by Jose Canseco. Canseco was as good an athlete as there was, mostly because of the help of steroids. Canseco’s secret of using PEDs, was known by almost all of the MLB, and came to no surprise when he was caught. Jose Canseco changed the game of baseball forever by his monstrous home-runs, insane athleticism, and brute strength, that was all aided by the illegal use of …show more content…
In a time when many of the MLB’s stars were getting busted for steroid use, the media, especially at the time that this book was written in 2005, hated steroids. Canseco, however, believed that steroids can make sports better. This clash of ideas had Canseco disliked by the media throughout his career. Canseco was unhappy with the media because he felt that the media was racist towards him. Players such as Mark McGwire were caught using PEDs, and the media still liked him, where Canseco did the same thing, yet people hated him for it. Canseco believed that this was because McGwire was white, and an “All-American Hero,” while Canseco was Cuban. He believes that the media was racist because of that. The theme of this book creates a big part of what the book is really about, the argument of steroids being either good or bad.
My Evaluation I thought that this book was very interesting, and also entertaining to read. It gave the other side of the story with steroids, and also he put in some funny stories from his career to make it more entertaining. I think that this book can be a very good read for any baseball fan, especially those interested in the subject of PEDs in baseball. Overall, this book was a great read, and a book that I would definitely pick again to read.