Watching Moneyball has inspired 47-year-old Jose Canseco to mount a comeback. Or something. From the Contra Costa Times:
"I'm trying my hardest and damndest," Canseco said Tuesday in a phone interview with this newspaper. "I can't get anybody to give me a chance. I saw the movie "Moneyball", and I was amazed at what Billy [Beane] had to go through. I guess if you love something ... that movie really got my juices flowing. I love baseball, people don't know that about me. I miss it so much."
The genesis of this interview was a series of tweets from Canseco directed at Beane:
Billy beane call me would love to dh for you just give me a tryout that's all I ask— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) January 23, 2012
Billy beane email me Jc7264@yahoo.com— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) January 23, 2012
If the A's don't bite, he's hoping the Red Sox might call, citing his impressive career stats at Fenway Park. His career, mind you, ended in 2001 ... two years before Moneyball was even a book, let alone a movie. But don't worry, the tools are still there, he says:
"I'm 47, so my legs are not going to be what they were, but my bat speed and hands are still the same," he said. "I can't believe how fast (they are). I'm shocked how I haven't lost a beat there."
Good luck, Jose.