Re: Pete Rose, a block away and impossibly far from the Hall of Fame
tough crowd.....I guess we will agree to disagree....I see nothing wrong with Pete going to race tracks and casinos and signing autographs for money, as long as he is not gambling on Baseball then he can do what he wants to make a buck for he and his family.....I dont think that is what MLB meant when it told him to reconfigure his life.....maybe it was, but Pete is not breaking the law but doing the things he is doing now, matter of fact if he were a player plying in todays game he would not be breaking his contract by doing any of those things either.....
I respect y'alls opinion but I dont agree with it.....Maybe I would not feel the same way if he played for the Cardinals, but even if he did I can promise you one thing, I would agree that it is time to move on and give Pete his props.
one last item.....I look at his stats, his hustle, his passion to go 100 miles per hour regardless of what the score or what type of game it was, just his overall on field baseball persona.....Then I try to find someone who also has those same qualities in the game today or recent past and I cannot find any....and when I do find someone who has done something similar such as Barry Bonds or any other guy who put fear in opposing teams I always see that asterisk that says they got those stats from cheating, or at least some of those stats....Pete Rose will never be remembered for the dominant hitter he was because everyone will associate him with his gambling just as they associate Barry with steroids......Just as Roger Clemens will be compared to steroids, just as A-Rod......and Pete did it clean, Pete did while never giving less than 100%, Pete played the game like each and every person here would LOVE to have their son play the game. Tony Gwynn is the only person I can find that is even in the same ball park as Pete but even Tony did not hustle at all times and even Tony would not play any and every spot on the diamond(although Tony did play multiple spots at times)....
I just would love for people and MLB mainly to recognize Pete for his accomplishments on the field and for how he played the game....I dont want them to let him manage the Reds or even be an assistant coach(although he would be a great hitting coach), but I think MLB could use Pete as a tool to show the younger generation how to play the game and how to go about preparing for the game and also how easy it is to lose everything you have worked for in a matter of minutes. That is all I am asking for yet people still want to hang Pete from a pole in times square for something that happened 20+ years ago. THe simple fact that Mark McGwire is coaching in MLB is so laughable to me....yes, lets allow this guy to influence young impressionable players....I am sure Mark is regretting every last needle he took, but it appears MLB has forgiven him in less than 10 years. How is that right?