The Story: In February 2005 Canseco released his autobiography and steroid tell-all, Juiced , Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big. In it he described himself as 'the chemist' having experimented on himself for years. He claimed to have educated and personally injected many players including Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, and Jason Giambi. In his second book, Vindicated , Canseco added Magglio Ordonez to the list of players he had educated and injected with steroids. He also said he introduced Alex Rodriguez to a trainer/PED supplier after Rodriguez had asked where he could get steroids.
After that, I had a whole different outlook on the use of meds and performance enhancement. I still use NSAIDs on my own stiffness, but I won’t accept a joint injection of cortisone–it weakens the joint. I don’t give a horse Bute until the vet has seen it, and I know it’s partly a cover-up, not a cure. Nor do I work a horse that’s on Bute–it’s off work until it’s sound without Bute. If a dressage horse “needs” its hocks injected to keep doing upper-level work in collection, it needs to quit doing upper-level work in collection.