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This could very well be the plot of "Eastbound & Down: The Movie," but it's about to be Jose Canseco's real life. The former MLB slugger is hopping in an RV for 10 weeks and traveling the U.S. and Canada for a "Home Run Tour" in which he's trying to break the records for longest baseball and softball home runs.
He's bringing four dogs and three tortoises with him (because, of course) plus his big bat and bulging biceps. Here's more from his management company:
Jose Canseco's Home Run Tour will begin next week and run for over two months as he visits 17 cities in Canada and the U.S. covering 16,500 miles in 10 weeks in the CansecoMobile — a 40-foot custom RV. He will be appearing at minor league ballparks and charity events challenging local sluggers as he attempts to break the official world record softball longest home run of 510 feet by Bruce Meade and Babe Ruth's longest baseball home run of 570 feet.
"This will be fun for the fans and the kids," said Canseco. "I'm going for 600 feet for both records to really raise the bar. I have a 572-foot softball bomb at the College of the Canyons that was unofficial so I think it is possible. I expect a lot of big sluggers to come out at each stop to make this a great competition!"
Canseco added, "One of my favorite stops on the Tour is Home Runs for Autism in Ottawa. This is my third year doing that event benefitting research and support for autistic kids and really look forward to being there again."
— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) June 11, 2014
Is he coming to a city near you? You can certainly hope. It would be the highlight of your summer. Here's the Home Run Tour itinerary:
June 17 - Minneapolis
June 19 - Brockville, Ontario
June 20-21 - Ottawa
June 22 - Philadelphia
June 23 - Newark
June 28 - Madison, Wisc.
July 5 - Schererville, Ind.
July 6 - South Bend, Ind.
July 11 - Lexington, Ky.
July 15 - Fort Worth
July 18-19 - Oakland
July 20 - San Rafael, Calif.
Aug. 3 - Kansas City
Aug. 5 - Bakersfield, Calif.
Aug. 10 - Los Angeles
Aug. 16-17 - New York
Aug. 24 - Canton, Ohio
Who wants to meet me in Bakersfield to witness Canseco in all his glory, then possibly stowaway on the CansecoMobile?
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