Juicy Hosey 

Author of his own misfortune

MON 3/7

His teammates called him Hosey. Fans called him everything from Bash Bro to Señorito to El Bonehead. East Bay and Florida police called him: "Stay in the car, sir. Keep your hands where I can see them." And President Bush isn't calling him at all. That would be former Oakland A's right fielder Jose Canseco, the author and sportsman whose new book, Juiced, is doing to the best-seller charts what he used to do to the Toronto Skydome upper deck. No one who ever saw him jack one out of the old, pre-Mt. Davis Coliseum will ever forget it, nor can A's fans forget his spectacular misplays on long fly balls. He brought a thrill to A's baseball that is distinctly absent in these days of affordable anonymity.

There were a few downsides. Canseco is remembered as much for waving guns and crashing cars as for his 1986 Rookie of the Year, becoming a 40-40 man and AL-MVP in 1988, or helping the A's crush the Giants in 1989's Earthquake World Series. Now he's saying he owes it all to steroids, and is naming names. Maybe he's mad at the Rangers for pitching him and blowing out his throwing arm. Hosey drops into the Jack London Square Barnes & Noble on Monday to sign Juiced. "We're expecting riots," says a B&N spokesperson. 510-272-0120. – Kelly Vance


Hot Wheel

Roaring into the Arena

Last month, Clear Channel Entertainment announced that the entire 2004-2005 National Arenacross Series will air on its SPEED Channel. You say your rabbit ears don't reach that far? Well, get your fill this weekend when the truncated Supercross tracks -- and their attendant riders -- roar into the Oakland Arena. Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at noon, top amateurs and professionals compete for more than $2 million in prize money and bragging rights out the wazoozy. The sport's 21st season has had its share of chills and spills already: In late January, Shogun Factory Yamaha team rider Josh Demuth broke a leg and both arms attempting to quad a rhythm section in Oklahoma. $8.50-$29.95, Tickets.com, 510-762-2277. – Stefanie Kalem


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