January 6, 2011

Chattin' it Up with Jose Canseco...Almost?

On the eve of the Hall of Fame announcement, some friends of this site (both old and new) got together for the Hall of Very Good's annual live chat.

In an effort to bring in a known commodity or two...I sent out a handful of invites to some baseball writers and former players that I've talked with in the past. Unfortunately, given the timing of the event, no one was able to make it as, naturally, most writers were busy prepping their own Hall of Fame pieces.

One of the guys I invited was a guy I've been emailing back and forth with for some time. He is coincidentally, the guy who changed the face of the Hall of Fame when he blew the roof off of Major League Baseball back in 2005...Jose Canseco.

What follows...is that email exchange.

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From: Shawn Anderson
To: Jose Canseco
Sent: Tue, Jan 4, 2011 2:00 PM
Subject: Yo.

Jose...

You've played against, with and wrote about PLENTY of the guys on this years HOF ballot. Any desire to take part in a live chat tonight at 10pm EST over at my site this evening?

Let me know.
Shawn

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From: Jose Canseco
To: Shawn Anderson
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2011 11:26 PM (Note: a mere 2 hours and 26 minutes after the chat already started...but I had to still pursue it)
Subject: Re: Yo.

I will be glad to be on your show what is your budget

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From: Shawn Anderson
To: Jose Canseco
Sent: Wed, Jan 5, 2011 11:27 PM
Subject: Re: Yo.

Just a live internet chat. No budget...just having fun talking baseball.

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From: Jose Canseco
To: Shawn Anderson
Date: Tuesday, January 4, 2011, 11:30 PM
Subject: Re: Yo.

No thanks

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From: Shawn Anderson
To: Jose Canseco
Sent: Tuesday January Jan 5, 2011, 11:34 PM
Subject: Re: Yo.

That's a shame. Many of us would like to hear what you would have to say about Palmeiro, McGwire, Gonzo and Bret Boone.

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From: Jose Canseco
To: Shawn Anderson
Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 12:10 AM
Subject: Re: Yo.

Do you work for free because I don't if you want your rating to skyrocket then negotiate a deal with me I am the only 1 that really knows what was really going on

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I didn't respond after that last one, because, really...what could I have said?

Now, I get it, The Hall isn't a mainstream site (far from it honestly) like Deadspin or Big League Stew, but seriously, Jose...what else do you have going on late on a Tuesday night? We've all read the tweets about your life...we know that you're not THAT busy.

And furthermore...what "show" and ratings is he talking about?

Maybe next time, gang...but something tells me not.


3 comments:

David Martin said...

No matter how busy I am, or what I am doing, I always make sure to stick around on Twitter if I see Mr. Canseco tweeting. It usually is so dumb that it is funny...He is a pathetic man.

Graham Womack said...

I interviewed Canseco for an East Bay Express story in April 2008. I was worried he'd blow me off, but he came an hour early to the book signing he was doing that night, answered all my questions, and was very nice and accomodating. The only strange thing was when he joked that I could take a bullet for him.

Ronni Redmond said...

This made me chuckle. If I were to get paid for all the time I put in blogging, at the minimimum wage, I could invest heavily in Facebook next year! But it's the best job I've ever I didn't get paid for!