Jose Conseco’s new book deals some dirt on A-Rod, if you haven’t heard. Deadspin has taken down the excerpts so I can’t quote it, but it’s quite the literary work.
I’m going to keep this to a minimum, because even bringing up Conseco’s work I think lends some credence to him and what he does – and quite frankly, that makes me feel a little dirty.
Conseco claims he didn’t talk about A-Rod in the previous book because he hated him and didn’t want to allow that to somehow influence his writing. Well, how ethical of you Jose. It makes sense that such an upstanding gentleman would in the same work tell everyone how he purposely cheated at his job and then ratted out his peers. And why does Conseco hate A-Rod? Well, because apparently A-Rod was hitting on his wife. And why should we believe that A-Rod would do that, over 10 years ago when A-Rod was single? Well, because as the NYPost reported, in the summer of 2007, A-Rod was seen in Toronto with a woman who was not his wife. I would like to tell Jose his claim is somewhat anachronistic, though I’m sure he wouldn’t know what it means.
Conseco recalls a conversation where he says A-Rod asked him about steroids. Later, supposedly Conseco introduced Alex to a trainer who distributed them. Even if this is true, it’s not exactly damning evidence. Add to that the fact we have an unintelligent, steroid abuser recalling a dialog that he had over 10 years ago… and well you get the idea.
Conseco also talks about how A-Rod got a $252 million dollar deal simply because Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves had the largest sports contract of $126 million. So A-Rod wanted to say, apparently, that he was the greatest athlete by double. Whatever that’s supposed to mean. Oh and also… how is any of that relevant to his steroid argument IN THE LEAST?
All of this is a smokescreen to try and obscure that Conseco has no real evidence of anything. Why the hell would he bring up A-Rod being unfaithful and greedy? Oh, right, I know why. Because those are the things he has been criticized for – and as a matter of fact, he is simply portraying A-Rod as the epitome of the “evil ballplayer.” The hope is that, by the time you’re done reading the book, you want to believe it because it’s playing to those things you want to hear and the way you imagine a detestable athlete acting. That greedy philanderer, he must have taken steroids!
I could go on – every point Conseco tries to make, he mentions something that devalues the argument (like saying, I don’t know why he would hit on my wife when he could have any girl he wanted – as if mentioning the most obvious rebuttal to his claim makes such a rebuttal less valid). But I think my ultimate point is this: if you buy his book, you are a bad human being. I don’t know if I can live in a world where more people are reading “Conseco” than Faulkner.
I’ve been pleased the press hasn’t made this into a bigger story; hopefully it stays that way. But I have a bad feeling they may just wait until the book is actually released. Anyways, here’s hoping we never hear about it again.