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    On Meeting Pete Rose...

    I recently met Pete for the first time at his signing job at Caesar's Palace. Since I wouldn't give a nickel for any man's autograph, I stood pat until he took a break from his shift to duck inside the store to check out some college football scores.

    I announced myself as a life-long fan, placed my hand out with a smile, shook his, while Pete returned the courtesy with a smile en route to his signing table.

    I finally had met my boyhood hero.

    Interesting as it was, there was something quite unsettling in witnessing first hand the world HE has created for himself, and what he has become by his own undoing.

    Later that same day, I wondered why Pete had never bothered to pursue baseball interests outside of MLB. As a guy who is reputed to love the game of baseball more than life itself, why didn't Pete every consider making himself available to a managing job, say in Japan? Perhaps the language & cultural barriers would have been insurmountable for Pete, however the Japanese would have cheered him feverishly. In fact, I do recall the Japanese naming Pete as their favorite American player while the Big Red Machine barnstormed Japan in the middle '70's.

    Such a scenario returns him to the limelight, gives him the type of money he obviously craves, and most importantly, puts him back in the game... not MLB, but baseball nonetheless.

    Had Pete pursued a change of scenery, say back in 1990, it would have been a positive step towards his rehabilitation. Most certainly he would have become a more viable consideration for reinstatement by MLB than the Pete who chose to spend his time in denial at the track and various gambling halls.

    Recalling the scene at Caesar's, Pete seems to have strayed far beyond convincing me that his mind would be only on baseball if reinstated and allowed to participate on a day-to-day basis as a manager or coach.

    In the end, it's too bad Pete never queried Bobby Valentine about the possibilities of rejoining the game he so dearly loves on the ball fields of Japan. IMO, Pete would have looked great in the Hiroshima Carp uniform.

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    Re: On Meeting Pete Rose...

    I've also wondered why a man who claims to love the game so much never found a way to get involved with it all these years.

    When Rickey wanted to stay in the game, he played independent ball. So did Petey. Bobby Valentine went to Japan, as you noted. Davey Johnson played in Japan and coached in Holland, of all places.

    Makes you wonder.
    Makes all the routine posts.

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    Re: On Meeting Pete Rose...

    One reason could be family be has a teen age daughter and his 2nd son is probly in his early/mid 20's

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    Re: On Meeting Pete Rose...

    There's no way I'd live in Japan. If my job moved me there, I'd quit.
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    Re: On Meeting Pete Rose...

    Quote Originally Posted by Redsland
    I've also wondered why a man who claims to love the game so much never found a way to get involved with it all these years.
    Being the manager or the hitting coach for the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks or the Worcester Tornadoes probably didn't flip Pete's switch.

    I could make a snide comment about the paucity of indy-league teams in cities with a horse track or a sports book now, but I'll resist the temptation.


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