Originally Posted by mdccclxix
True. In my sense for the idea it would take a commitment to the tradition of the show to focus appropriately on the game that day and take lots of calls. It may be naive to assume Pete could do that frequently without telling too many old stories. The idea of that show is to serve the public, indulge the average fan, answer their questions. That in itself is usually enough, but is often very boring. If Pete were up to it, I think he could slot nicely in this role, but there are lots of things to avoid. If channeled properly it could really be a blast, too.
I think Pete could do it if he watched Reds games. I have no doubt he could speak knowingly about the current team if given a chance. I just think the callers would turn it into "Pete Rose's Greatest Hits" and basically ignore the current team. I think Pete would indulge fans that wanted to talk about him not necessarily because he has a big ego but he would do it just to be courteous. That's one reason Tracy Jones didn't work out. It became, "I'm Tracy Jones and I used to play major league baseball therefore I know more than you do." I'm sure a lot of it was a put-on but it was annoying put-on.