"The fact is,
he didn't do it," Canseco says. "Case closed."
attracts beautiful women the way a dryer attracts lint. Every year, Canseco
would come to spring training with a different knockout in tow, and "every
year he'd introduce her as his fiancée," says A's pitcher Dave Stewart. So
it was a surpriseless moment when Canseco showed up at the A's camp in
Scottsdale in '88 with Miss Miami 1986 and introduced her as his fiancée.
said Stewart, sarcastically. "When's the wedding date?"
seriously," said Canseco. Pretty soon, a bet was on the table. Stewart bet
Canseco $10,000 that he wouldn't marry her. They even drew up a contract. On
Nov. 5, 1988, in Miami, Stewart lost the bet.
first noticed Esther Haddad at a Miami athletic club; he followed her out to
the parking lot, followed her home and asked her to lunch. All Esther could
think was, Who is this guy?
Soon they were in
love. She adored his Miami Vice clothes, his Paul Newman cars and his Tom
Cruise smile. That's why she decided, after six weeks, to call it off.
"I can't tell
my dad I'm in love with a drug dealer," said Esther solemnly. She still
didn't know that Jose played baseball for a living.
Canseco took her
home, showed her his trophy room and convinced her how much three-run homers
are worth. When she finally introduced him to her father, they hit it off
Mr. Haddad had
been Jose's baseball coach in junior high school.