Originally Posted by PuffyPig
If Pete Rose had been a Cards players all those years, he'd be hated more around here than Chris Carpenter.
Perhaps. My late grandmother was a Cubs fan and she couldn't stand him. I'm sure Phillies fans have a soft spot for him.
I think a lot of non-Reds/Phillies fans have kind of warmed up to him in the 80s and after. I think he got a kind of grudging respect from fans when he was in his 40s going after Cobb's record. While he may have lost some of that respect over the banishment, he may have gained some back during the steroid-era. He and his defenders will say Pete didn't use artificial enhancement to break the records he broke.