Re: This Is Pete Rose's Corked Bat
"Bill Schubert's bat was authenticated by Sports Investments, which had received it directly from Pete Rose, so the chain of custody was as pristine as it gets. Still, there was no way to prove it had actually been used in a regular-season game, rather than, say, in batting practice or spring training."
and from the same article....
Bartosz had snapped the shot over the July Fourth weekend in Philadelphia. It shows Rose, waiting in the on-deck circle, bat resting on his left shoulder.
....I guess you could make the claim that it was a practice bat used just for batting practice and if that makes it easier for you to believe...hey, more power to you. I'm kind of through jumping through coulda beens in my head in order to protect Pete Rose's reputation.
"Even a bad day at the ballpark beats the snot out of most other good days. I'll take my scorecard and pencil and beer and hot dog and rage at the dips and cheer at the highs, but I'm not ever going to stop loving this game and this team and nobody will ever take that away from me." Roy Tucker October 2010