Originally Posted by BuckeyeRedleg
I recently watched the Pete Rose documentary, 4192, on Netflix. Excellent stuff and a must watch. I thought he came off as a pretty interesting and (brace for this) good guy. I would love to sit down with Pete and pick and his brain and listen to all the great stories. I know his scandal was an embarrassment, but the guy gave his all on the field and seems like an interesting "man's man". I know this won't be a popular view, but it's just my opinion from watching the documentary and other interviews over the years.
If Pete Rose were to just talk baseball anyone could listen to him for hours. But the problem is thats not what happens.
Pete has been a trainwreck for a number of years. The ban from baseball, the denial of betting, the hanging around horse tracks and Las Vegas, the signing his name on anything to make a buck, the admission that he bet on baseball to make a buck, the signing "Im sorry I bet on baseball, Pete Rose", etc. The problem I have is whenever he is spotted in Cincinnati fans go nuts, they clammor for Pete to be allowed back in baseball when in reality all Pete wants is the limelight.
IMO Pete never made the changes he needed to make in order to be allowed back in baseball. Whenever he needs an ego boost he heads back to Cincinnati where fans cheer him whenever spotted in a crowd. To me its a sad story.