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LAist Interview: Jose Canseco

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You can find former baseball player Jose Canseco signing copies of his latest book Vindicated today at Costco in Van Nuys

Jose Canseco's first book, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big was called "the worst sports book so far in three centuries" by the LA Times. Harsh words like this didn't stop Canseco's tell-all tome from opening at number three on USA Today's bestsellers list and impacting Major League Baseball's policy on steroids. Three years later, Canseco is at it again with a second book, Vindicated: Big Names, Big Liars, and the Battle to Save Baseball. Today, you can catch the author/reality TV show star/aspiring screenwriter signing copies of his new book at Costco in Van Nuys starting at 6pm. Yesterday, Jose took time out from the usual crashing press conferences, ratting out former teammates and fellow players and chasing his Hollywood dream to speak with LAist over the phone from his Los Angeles home.

What do you enjoy most about living here in Los Angeles?
Well I get to see my daughter. That's the most important thing. My ex-wife brought my daughter over four or five years ago and I followed.

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How much of living out here has to do with your pursuit of a career in show business?
Probably all of it. I've been busy writing these two books. I've done some reality TV in between. Obviously, now that the second book has been incredibly well received, I've been meeting with producers to get the movie deal done.

I hear you're working on a movie about yourself?
Yeah. I'm working on a movie about my life. My life story. Obviously it entails Juiced and Vindicated. It's a great human interest story.