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Canseco Interviewed on Howard Stern

Jose Canseco was recently interviewed on the Howard Stern show and I watched it last night on demand. Unfortunately I do not have a link, but I can give you a quick recap. I think that interview should be shown to every single high school, college, and minor league athlete, as a way of discouraging them from using steroids. As most of you know, Howard Stern is on satellite radio now, so there are no FCC regulations and they can say what they want.

Jose was very open in discussing his recent troubles with steroid use. He said he quit steroids cold turkey for a period of about 8 months last year. He said that his body was producing zero testosterone and that he lost most of his muscle mass. He also discussed how he literally could not get it up in bed during the entire 8 months. It was physiologically impossible. Now he has to take steroids on a doctor prescription in order to produce the natural amount of testosterone that the male body needs, which he can no longer produce himself, because of how messed up his body is.

On a more hilarious side-note, he was promoting an up-coming boxing fight that he will be fighting against Danny Bonaduce (former child star from the Partridge Family, also a huge steroid abuser). As many of you know, poor Jose is almost bankrupt now, after going through 2 divorces and spending most of his money, he had to foreclose his houses last year in the real estate crash and he said he now rents.

He also discussed the "Juiced" book and what he thinks about Mark McGwire not getting into the hall of fame. He said he doesn't think Mark blames him for it. They tried to get him to talk about Tony La Russa's recent article about Mark but he wouldn't bite. He mainly said they need to either let all of the roid users into the Hall or none, but they can't pick and choose guys like Bonds or Clemens who would have gotten in with their pre-steroid numbers. He said he personally thinks Mark should get into the Hall of Fame because he said he thinks he is the greatest right handed slugger of all time, and pointed to Mark's 49 bombs as a rookie. He also said he wished he didn't have to name all of the people he did but that otherwise there would be no point in writing the book because nobody would believe him unless he started pointing to specific users.

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