Originally Posted by westofyou
That's a lot of talent for a AM radio show, what is the actual audience for such a show?
I know I watch the games, skip pregame and post game noise myself, who watches these shows and do they care about Pete 23 years after he was banned?
That's a whole generation.
That's part of why this fits. It's not really about the banishment. IMO, Pete is such a great talker, he'd beat anyone else for filling the EI show. If there are more people that don't know or care much about the banishment, that could serve the greater purpose of, 'this is Pete Rose today, great baseball mind (and if you didn't catch on sooner one of the best ever to play).
I know the attention would start to wear on people, including Pete in some ways, but when people call Marty a HOFer, it's not tiresome, it's perhaps emptied out a bit, but I think Rose could age more gracefully in the context of the Reds, Cincinnati, and baseball fans. He's our Barry Bonds, it's irrational, but he belongs to us. In the end, I think it comes together perfectly, except I guess, for the people that can't stand the guy.