I'm surprised this hasn't been posted yet:
CINCINNATI, Ohio - "Johnny, its Pete". With those three simple words, years of hard feelings began to thaw. Johnny Bench tells me that when Pete Rose called him out of the blue two months ago, he was somewhat surprised. Especially because Pete said he wanted to talk about the gulf that had separated the two baseball icons for decades.And Pete was well aware of how the unseemly end to his career had cast a shadow over the proceedings in Cooperstown. He addressed it almost immediately after meeting Johnny July 10th.
"I'm sorry", Pete said solemnly according to Bench. "I know I put you through a lot back then and I'm sorry for it. I could always talk to Joe (Morgan) and Tony (Perez) but I just couldn't open up to you."Full story:Pete offered, "I think I now know what Bart Giamatti meant when he said I have to reconfigure my lifestyle". And apparently he is finally attempting to do that.