A known criminal and a known liar actually has credibility.
But it's true.
Jose Canseco, who has only decided to speak out of a personal vendetta against baseball for not employing his overrated, no-longer-viable hide, continues to find baseball's cheaters long before baseball does. How does he do it?
Well, it no longer appears that the old theory -- that Canseco was simply throwing names at the wall until they started to stick -- applies. The guy knows what he's doing.
Obviously, he knows people who deal in this crap. He's been in locker rooms with some of them. He's aware of how athletes think.
Now that he no longer cares who he offends, he can let loose.
FanHouse colleague Matt Snyder has more.
We heard tales about Roger Clemens and shrugged them off. 'This idiot doesn't know how to quit when he's ahead,' we'd say.I'd love to nail Canseco to a wall. The problem is that he's clearly not lying. He's not "throwing names at the wall". He is naming names that he knows.
Enter the Mitchell Report, and Rocket personally burying himself in a clinic on how to not clear your own name.
Next up? Canseco claimed he had some "stuff" on Alex Rodriguez and that he was 90 percent sure Manny Ramirez was a user.
All along, we should have taken Canseco seriously. It's not our fault that we in the media didn't, but the fact of the matter is that we all dropped the ball on that.