Hey Jose, Better Watch Your Back!
Former Major Leaguer Ron Kittle has a warning for steroid-head and snitcher Jose Canseco: If the UPS man comes to your house to deliver a package and he kinda resembles Roger Clemens or Mark McGwire, you better start running.
Kittle told the Chicago Tribune his initial reaction upon the release of Canseco's first book was: "I wonder who's going to be the first one to shoot him. ... I still think somebody who might have had their life ruined might take vengeance on him. If I were [Canseco], I would think about that."
Kittle, 1983 AL Rookie of the Year with the White Sox who never lived up to that first-season promise, seemed a little sheepish about that assessment. "That's how I look at things," he said. "Maybe it's the wrong way." But then he turns around and sounds like a gang-banger warning that 'snitches get stitches.'
"There is a sign in just about every clubhouse: 'What you see here, what you say here, let it stay here when you leave here,'" he said.
Just like Vegas. Kittle then goes on to say that he never took steroids, mostly because he was "scared of my father. ... I thought that if I did something stupid, my father would probably take my life away anyway." There's that murder thing again. I think he was using a little hyperbole. Either that or every man in Ron Kittle's world is an insult or two away from becoming a homicidal maniac.
The interview then closes with what sounds like some more hyperbole. "I could pretty much tell who had been on [steroids]," Kittle said. "You can tell by their complexion, their temperament and their size. One year you take a picture of them and the next year it looks like a before-and-after. It's not a thing to hide."
Really? It was that obvious? I know these players are in close quarters all season long and I don't doubt it was pretty clear that some guys were on the juice. But if it was truly that apparent, that guys were dramatically transformed from one year to the next, wouldn't more reporters or even fans have taken note? We all saw Barry Bonds and several other players bulk up over the years, but I can't recall when one suddenly appeared at spring training looking like The Hulk.
Kittle then adds that "when you find out they have cheated, it spoils the good guys who played the game." Might he consider himself (and his 176 career homers, 20 percent of which were hit in his rookie year) one of these "good guys" who deserve more respect? In our warped world there are probably more than a few Sox fans out there who would have preferred he got on the juice and didn't peak in his first season. Sounds like Kittle understands that thinking.