Re: Pete Rose, a block away and impossibly far from the Hall of Fame
Originally Posted by GAC
I never said all get a second chance. While true, I get tired of hearing this reasoning of "If they didn't want to go to jail, or be punished, then they shouldn't have broken the law/rule". We're a society that believes in rehabilitation, redeeming people, even for some serious crimes, giving them second chances, and the opportunity to contribute positively to society once again.
I grew up in the 60s admiring/idolizing this guy. IMO, one of the greatest ballplayers to ever play the game. Yes, what he did was wrong and deserved punishment. But the punishment has been enough IMO (almost 25 years). And he'll always carry that stigma, within the public's eye, that will never go away, of what he did.
But he belongs in the HOF. And while he should never be able to manage again at the major league level, he should be allowed to work in some capacity within baseball to redeem himself and contribute.
Human life is worth that effort.
The thing about rehabilitation is that the person needs to change. In AA you have to acknowledge your problem, the same with drug rehab. Anyone who wants to beat those addictions can't have a drink or do any drugs. Pete's addiction is gambling. From what ive read Pete still gambles, and pretends its not so.
Reds fan since 1968 win or lose.