This past Saturday, Jose Canseco was scheduled to take on Billy Padden in a “celebrity” boxing match at a nightclub at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. In exchange for his participation, Canseco was to receive $10,000, and an extension on his already-past-its-expiration-date 15 minutes of post-baseball fame. Sounds like a great idea, right? Former MLB star and admitted steroid user pummels some guy you’ve never heard of before a crowd of 400 people at a casino, for 10 grand? Should be a winner all around. Canseco’s probably not finding many jobs that pay tens of thousands of dollars for a night’s worth of work, the casino gets a freakshow to draw in some gamblers, and Padden gets a chance to beat up someone famous. Unfortunately, that’s not quite how it turned out.
It seems that instead of honoring his obligation, and earning his $10,000 purse (half of which was paid upon agreement on the fight), the self-proclaimed only honest man in baseball, who some believe should be in the Hall of Fame, sent his twin brother Ozzie in his stead. Ozzie showed up to the weigh in on Friday, and then showed up to fight on Saturday. If only they’d let him fight with his shirt on, Ozzie and his scumbag brother would never have been found out. Turns out that Jose has some tattoos on his biceps that Ozzie doesn’t have. The tattoos were visible in pre-fight marketing photos, but when Ozzie showed up on fight night, they weren’t there. Brilliant. Not only is Jose Canseco a dirtbag who doesn’t honor his obligations, he’s also a moron.
Canseco received praise from some quarters when he wrote his tell-all book about steroids in baseball, but there were some folks that saw his actions for what they were: an attempt to further profit off of his cheating, while absolving himself of blame, rather than some sense of altruism. With each episode that is revealed in the ongoing saga that is the life of Jose Canseco, we are all a little more assured that this guy is a first class dirtbag, and he deserves none of our time and/or attention. Here’s hoping that he goes away sooner rather than later.