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Jose Canseco Blackmailing Magglio?

Straight from the YHTBFKM Files comes this story. (hint: you have to be … kidding me). Actually I don’t know why this would come as a surprise when we’re talking about a dude who was so desperate for money he tried to sell himself off as the grand prize in a reality TV show. But yeah, this report really trumps most of the stories I’ve come across recently. From the NY Times:

Jose Canseco, the former major league slugger and admitted steroid user who exposed other players in his 2005 best-selling book “Juiced” offered to keep a Detroit Tigers outfielder clear in his next book if the player invested money in a film project Canseco was promoting, according to a person in baseball with knowledge of the situation.

A former ghostwriter on Vindicated, which is scheduled to be published at the start of the baseball season, said Canseco planned to name Ordonez. He was the most prominent, said Don Yaeger, a former Sports Illustrated associate editor who reviewed all of Canseco’s materials in December.

Now it is worth noting that Magglio says he never had heard from Canseco directly but he had been receiving messages from a friend of Canseco’s. Now the obvious question that must be on everyone’s mind at this point … Jose Canseco has friends??? I see Sir Steroid at the gym every so often, and the only friend he has is that toned blond doing chinups on his biceps. Seriously though, would you really put it past Jose to do this? I sure wouldn’t. One more thing — I thought Jose had goods on A-Rod. What happened to that? Wouldn’t A-Rod have been the most prominent name in the new books if that were the case? Guess not.

Jose Canseco’s Trying For a Reality TV Show: A Day with Jose

I happened to come across a press release…needless to say it’s screaming for attention. Without further ado:

A new television reality series starring Jose Canseco entitle, A DAY WITH JOSE, will begin production in Los Angeles at the end of April. Contestants will “pitch” their fantasy day ideas to a panel of judges, and 6 finalists will surprise Jose with their planned activities — and compete for the ultimate prize — Jose’s 40/40 DIAMOND RING! ….

a pool of contestants, initially chosen from their on-line applications submitted to JoseCanseco.com, will appear before a panel of judges, and compete to become one of six finalists who will spend their fantasy day with Jose. They’ll surprise Jose at his Los Angeles home, explain their planned day of activities as approved by the judges, and have Jose to themselves for the entire day. ….

At a later date, the six finalists will be re-assembled during one of Jose’s now famous Hollywood pool parties, and a winner will be selected.

Jose is apparently scheduled to make a live announcement on Thursday, March 29th at 9:00am CT, and check this out — you can watch it live on www.bigdickhunter.net. No joke. Canseco invited this Richard Hunter character, who’s the host of a Dallas talk show called “Big Dick’s Wild Ass Circus,” to travel around and broadcast the show live. The pair have

a long association, going back to 2003 when [Canseco] was under house arrest in Miami.

As far as I can tell, the show hasn’t been picked up by any network, so don’t ask where you can go to watch it. Just know that Canseco’s trying to pick up his acting career where he left off in ’05 after appearing in six episodes of The Surreal Life. Crazy.