It’s hard to imagine what it is like to be the twin brother of the biggest baseball star in the world. It’s even harder to imagine what it’s like trying to escape the tremendous shadow of Jose Canseco. Some might say Ozzie Canseco’s baseball career was a failure. Sure, if you are looking at nothing more than the stats, then possibly you are right. I for one think Ozzie is a warrior, who despite being a career minor leaguer, played in Japan, in independent leagues, and semi-pro leagues—never gave up, never called it quits, never stopped loving the game of baseball.
When I read this afternoon on Wikipedia of all places, that Ozzie Canseco was playing in a softball league in South Florida, I knew I had to do whatever it took to go and show my support. I had a sick son at home, and a Mustang with a flat tire, and a wife extremely sick, but I risked it (son went with grandma) and got one hell of a meeting thanks to it. For the record, immediately after our meeting, Ozzie hit a towering home run to center field, all while the Infamous Tatiana cheered on. We could only stay 6 innings but we got to see Ozzie homer, hit a single, and yes, even make two errors at third base—not to mention meet him and get two cards signed. One autograph is for my collection and the other is for Bryan, the Canseco King, who a few weeks ago sent hundreds of Jose Canseco cards out of the blue.
Below are some of the photos we took. There is a short interview/video coming in a few hours. Ozzie’s autograph may look sloppy but I believe it had something to do with the temperature that got as low as 54 degrees that evening.
we took a chance and it paid off
it was freezing and Tatiana had a cold
who’s that man on the mound?
yeah, you know who it is!
batting practice before the game
more batting practice
he still has those Canseco Guns (and the mullet)
he was awesome and even signed two cards for us (video coming soon)
the first one is for me, the second one is for Bryan, the Canseco King