Jose Canseco is not backing off of a challenge he made to Aaron Judge.
Back in November, Canseco had challenged Judge to a home run contest, saying that he could hit a softball further than Judge can hit a baseball. As Canseco said nothing else about the topic since, one had to imagine that faded away as he pursued his other interests, such as time travel, hanging out with aliens and Sasquatch, and occasionally signing autographs at his car wash/petrol station.
Jose Canseco renews challenge to Aaron Judge
But Canseco did not forget. On Thursday morning, he re-issued his challenge to Judge. This time, he included a video of him in the batting cage while saying that the contest can be for charity.
This contest would seem to be a dramatic mismatch. Canseco is 58 years old, has been out of the majors since 2001, and is not the same slugger he had been when he was one of the biggest stars in baseball. Judge, meanwhile, is coming off of a historic season where he belted 62 homers, won the AL MVP award, and was handed the largest contract ever given to a position player. There is no chance that this would go Canseco’s way.
But Canseco is also not above humiliating himself for money. After all, this is the person whose “boxing match” against a Barstool intern lasted for a shorter duration than a commercial. He did end up having surgery on the shoulder that he claimed was bothering him, but that did nothing to move Canseco away from being a punchline.
It is likely that this will be completely ignored by Judge, the same as Canseco’s constant offers to fight Alex Rodriguez or his attempts to slide into J-Lo’s DMs. But one cannot blame Canseco for trying to get that contest going and his attempts to stay in the spotlight.
Jose Canseco is still looking to get his distance contest against Aaron Judge. As unlikely as it is, he is still hoping to get his chance.