For the next few weeks I would come home from work and make my patterns and cut my pieces and sit at my kitchen table and sew. It’s funny how nostalgic I feel about that time. Even though I was kind of lonely and Los Angeles seemed so unfriendly, I remember sitting in that tiny studio apartment in Woodland Hills with my sewing machine whirring and KROQ playing on the radio and scraps of fabric and loose threads everywhere. It made me happy to make beautiful clothes. It was also achievable, it was something I could be great at and it felt magical even back then, turning nothing into something.
Which made Canseco’s second benefactor — Mike Wallace — all the more important. John Hamlin, a producer at 60 Minutes , had gotten a tip about Canseco’s book from a friend at another network. (The friend couldn’t act on it because his employer was a Major League Baseball rights holder.) Hamlin began calling baseball people and confirming the details. Almost no one would talk on the record, but they suggested that Canseco’s account was true. One of the few allegations Hamlin couldn’t verify was Canseco’s insistence that Roger Clemens was juicing.