I think there comes a time when fans of Pete Rose should tell his detractors to "shove it." It's to a point where it almost doesn't matter if he gets into the hall of fame. Pete Rose brought it every single night. He was an opponent's worst nightmare because he wanted it more than they did. He's made his mistakes and paid his debt. If the nay sayers don't appreciate his accomplishments, that's their problem. I grew up in Cincinnati. I saw what he could do first hand. I was in the stands the night of 4,192 (green seats, outfield). I felt the electricity he generated and I think baseball should be grateful instead of pimping Pete out when they need him. The sportswriters can take their hall of fame ballots and put them where the sun don't shine as far as I'm concerned. The fans have spoken on more than one occasion when it comes to all century teams and so forth.
I have a child on the way and if it turns out to be a boy, you can count on me showing him video clips of Pete Rose playing the game.
I know this is old news, but I had to vent. I watch that video clip on Reds.com over and over. Can't wait to see his exhibit. Peace.