NY Daily NewsJose Canseco has gone from baseball slugger to steroid-stained pariah, now he’€™ll try being a woman — at least for a week.

Canseco will show his support for former Olympic decathlon gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner’€™s decision to come out as transgender by dressing up and living as a female for seven days.

The 51-year-old former Bash Brother admitted he didn’€™t fully understand Jenner’€™s transition at first, but says he’€™s had a change of heart.

“€œIn the very beginning, I didn’€™t understand it, so I was kind of like, against it,”€ said Canseco. “Once I watched it more and more, and realized what it really entailed, what he was going through, I started supporting him. …

“Once it’€™s completely done, I will be dressing up and living as a woman for a week,” he said. “I’€™m talking about full everything.”

The slugger declined to elaborate.

This move is so gracious and magnanimous of Jose Canseco I think he deserves not only our respect, but our applause. I mean, what better way to support Caitlyn Jenner than by dressing in drag for a week? After seven days of kicking around in a dress and high heels, toting a purse around and rocking a wig, and Jose should come away with a perfect understanding of what Jenner’s life has been like.

And by doing so, Canseco has not only raised awareness of the issues faced by all people struggling with identity issues, he’s inspired me as well. I need to be more culturally aware and more sensitive to the experiences of other people. So I’m going to follow his example and in the months to come I’m going to spend a week dressed up as an Australian, a Presbyterian, a Laplander, a deep sea diver, a superhero, a Serb, a Sherpa, a cowboy, construction worker, motorcycle cop, Indian and biker dude. And then after wearing their costumes, I will come away with perfect empathy for all their life experiences. Because that’s how that works.

But first I want to support Jose Canseco. So for one week I’m going to go around dressed up as a ridiculous, washed up, fraudulent, forgotten, third rate, has-been, bankrupt, laughingstock steroid-stained pariah. I’m talking the full everything. So thanks to Jose for building bridges of understanding and making the world a better place.

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Is this the starting line of the marathon? The opening of a Black Friday doorbuster sale? The running of the bulls, perhaps?

No. This is what a triumphant, angry, indignant, hacked off, blood-thirsty fan base hellbent on revenge against the sports world looks like. This is the first seconds of the first day of Patriots training camp. I’ve made it down for practices every year since the 90s and I thought I’d never seen the crowds as big, passionate and energized as they were last year. But so far the 2015 crowd makes ones from 2014 look like the line at the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

This is what Roger Goodell and the NFL hath wrought. And if Pats fans are this geeked up for practice … we talking practice … they’re going to be foaming-mouthed berserkers by the time the banner drops on September 10th. So thank you, pro football. You created this.

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the top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

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The guys opened the show by discussing Bob Kraft's press conference yesterday.

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Padres at Mets, 12:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Tigers at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: International Champions Cup, Real Madrid vs. AC Milan, 8 a.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jim Craig is parting ways with some of his memorabilia from the Miracle on Ice. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Jim Craig is parting ways with some of his memorabilia from the Miracle on Ice. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

— Jim Craig, goalie for the Miracle on Ice 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, is selling 19 pieces of memorabilia from the Games, including the jersey he wore during the historic victory over the Soviets and the flag he draped around himself following that win.

Also included in the collection are Craig’s skates, equipment and sticks he used during the tournament, along with his gold medal. Lelands.com indicated the asking price is $5.7 million.

Craig, a North Easton native who starred at Boston University and later had a short stint with the Bruins, said he is selling the items so that his “children and grandchildren will be financially secure in the future,” and he plans to give some of the money to charity. He said he wants to sell the items in one lot in hopes that someone will continue to display the memorabilia.

“For the past 35 years, these items have been at the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Boston Sports Museum, the New York Sports Museum, and I think we’ve done a good job showing them because this moment was so big that I truly believe everyone was a part of it,” Craig, now a motivational speaker, told ESPN.com. “But after the 35th anniversary [in February], and after our teammate Bobby Suter died, I thought it was important to be responsible with these pieces to grow and protect the legacy for my family.”

Two years ago, Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 squad, sold his jersey from the gold medal game for $657,250.

— Mets infielder Wilmer Flores first learned he was part of a trade when fans behind the dugout during Wednesday night’s game against the Padres informed him that he was being sent to Milwaukee as part of a deal for outfielder Carlos Gomez.

As word spread around Citi Field, Flores was given a standing ovation before and after his at-bat in the seventh inning. In the bottom of the inning, Flores got emotional, tearing up while playing shortstop for what he thought would be the final time as a Met.

As it turns out, the trade did not go through, and Flores — who was pulled before his scheduled at-bat in the ninth inning — will remain in New York.

“I heard from the fans, there was this rumor I was going to get traded,” Flores said. “The fans were yelling for me. When I came up, I heard everyone cheering, and I thought that was the only reason.

“It was difficult to be out there, but nothing happened. But that’s what they told me, there’s no deal.”

— An Associated Press investigation into next year’s Summer Olympics host city of Rio De Janeiro showed that there still are major problems with the Brazilian city’s water quality. The report indicated that some swimmers and boaters will be competing in waters that have dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage.

Brazilian officials have said that the water will be safe in time for the Games, a notion the International Olympic Committee’s medical director supported. But it seems unlikely based on the AP’s findings.

“What you have there is basically raw sewage,” said Southern California marine biologist John Griffith, who examined the AP’s study. “It’s all the water from the toilets and the showers and whatever people put down their sinks, all mixed up, and it’s going out into the beach waters. Those kinds of things would be shut down immediately if found [in the U.S.].”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 30, 1996, the Red Sox acquired Darren Bragg from the Mariners in a trade for which player whose career ended in 2012 after 25 seasons?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It is completely incomprehensible to me that the league continues to take steps to disparage one of its all-time great players and a man for whom I have the utmost respect. I have come to the conclusion that this was never about doing what was fair and just.” — Patriots owner Robert Kraft, on the league’s decision to uphold Tom Brady’s four-game suspension

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 — Consecutive games in which the Red Sox have surrendered multiple first-inning runs to the White Sox, as Rick Porcello gave up a pair in the opening frame of Wednesday’s 9-2 loss

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Nationals star Bryce Harper launches a pair of home runs into the upper deck in his team’s 7-2 victory over the Marlins in Miami.

Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier races back and makes an impressive catch just in front of the wall for an out against the Tigers.

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve ranges behind second base to field a grounder against the Angels, then manages to make a rifle throw to first for the out despite losing his balance.

Andrew McCutchen rounds the bases as the Twins misplay his line drive to right field and the throw back to the infield.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jamie Moyer

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Paul Anka was born on this day in 1941.

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Jerry Spar
Adam Schefter joined us to discuss the latest on deflategate and Chris Mortensen's false PSI report.

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Robert Kraft went a long way to winning fans back when he stood up against Roger Goodell and the NFL this morning for what he describes as a flawed process in which the Patriots were railroaded. We break it all down and take your reaction.
Robert Kraft went a long way to winning fans back when he stood up against Roger Goodell and the NFL this morning for what he describes as a flawed process in which the Patriots were railroaded. We break it all down and take your reaction.
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