Jose Canseco following the career path of Kenny Powers
HBO premiered the show Eastbound and Bound in 2009, starring Danny McBride as a former steroid abusing baseball star who is dealing with life after baseball, including more than a few attempts to make it back to the Show for one last run at glory. Former Bash Brother Jose Canseco got a hole of the Season 1 DVDs and noticed some similarities between himself and the troubled character of Powers. So many similarites, in fact, that Canseco took to his Twitter account to make the claim that Powers, and the entire show for that matter, was based off of his life and the producers should contact him so he could help them out with more story ideas…the man needs the money after all. The producers shockingly decided not to bring Canseco on board to story board episodes like boxing a 7’2″ Korean kickboxing giant or joining a VH1 reality show. Instead, the show took Powers south of the border to play in the Mexican League during season two. Guess who must have just picked up the DVD box set?
Former MLB All-Star Jose Canseco will try out with the Quintana Roo Tigers of the Mexican League, the team announced Sunday.
“Back in baseball I knew I would play this year you just gotta believe in your dreams,” Canseco wrote Sunday on Twitter. “Leave on redeye tonite to start spring training with AAA quintana roo tigers tomorrow . TEam won league championship last year.”
That’s right, the guy who said Kenny Powers was based on him is now following the career path of the fictional character he claimed to be the inspiration of. We are officially through the looking glass, people, and it is safe to say that Jose Canseco is now based on Kenny Powers. If Canseco would like further guidance on what he should do next, season three of Eastbound and Down premiers later this month on HBO, or MaxPrime in Mexico for Jose.
As far as Canseco and his dreams of playing big time baseball again, the outlook remains bleak. He hasn’t been on a Major League roster since 2001 when he played for the Chicago White Sox. Add in the fact that he’s now better know as the guy who wrote “Juiced” and blew the whistle on his own and many others (85% of baseball were on steroids according to Canseco) use of steroids, and you don’t have someone that’s too terribly appealing at 47-years old. I know that there are some good steroids out there, but not that good.
The Mexican League defending champion Tigers are a part of MLB’s AAA system, though they don’t have direct affiliation with any teams. The President of the team, Cuauhtemoc Rodriguez, has confirmed that this is merely a tryout for Canseco and that he does not have a contract with the team at this team. Since the Tigers play out of Cancun, famous for its nightlife, expect the next Jose Canseco story to be about his drunken rampage through the streets after not making the team, attacking tourists, urinating in public, and ending up in a Mexican prison…after all, that’s what Kenny Powers would do.