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.
Jackson was not just “the straw that stirs the drink” because of the power in his bat. He also was one of the central figures in the Bronx Zoo for the Yankees of the late 1970s, clashing with owner George Steinbrenner, occasional manager Billy Martin and his teammates — who resented the “straw that stirs the drink” comment as a slight against catcher and team captain Thurman Munson. The most famous confrontation of the era was between Jackson and Martin at Fenway Park in 1977, when Martin pulled Jackson from a game after playing a Jim Rice fly ball into a bloop double. A national television audience saw Martin having to be restrained from going after Jackson, who went on to lead New York to a World Series victory.