January 06, 2004

Pete Rose

I don't like him as a person, and I hated him as a player, although I could admit that he was great.

Like it or not, Baseball's Rule 21 says that betting on baseball calls for a 1 year suspension, and that betting on your own team calls for a lifetime ban.

Pete Rose has just (finally) admitted that he bet on his own team.

This asshole is baseball's equivalent of North Korea. He denied for 14 years that he bet on games, even though a special investigator found solid evidence. Now he admits that he did bet, but only after he became a manager. Yeah, right. I believe you, you lying sack of shit. You're admitting it now because you're running out of time to get into the Hall of Fame. In a few more years, you'll be handed over to the veterans committee, and you know full well they'll never vote you in.

The afterlife better have a special place reserved for Pete Rose, one where guys like Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn could stop by and use his head for batting practice. I bet it'd be popular. If the lines get too long, I'd suggest saving a spot for Bud Selig too.

Just knowing I could do that if I went to heaven would make me be a better person here on earth.

Posted by Ted at January 6, 2004 07:15 AM
Category: History

Right on Ted. I linked to your post at DynamoBuzz. I've got more sympathy for drug addicts than I do for Peter Rose. I hope he falls a few votes short every election until he's out of eligibility, sort of like the Greek myth where the guy pushes a boulder up a hill and then has it roll back down for him to start over.

Posted by: roberto at January 6, 2004 06:15 PM

You hated him as a player?!

Pete Rose was my idol in the '70's!!! I was a Mets fan whose second team was the Reds all because of Pete Rose.

"Oh, no! Don't you remember the fight at 2nd between Rose and Bud Harrelson?"
Puh-leeze. That was just base-running gimme-gimme chicken shit. Pete was the all-star kick-ass ballplayer of my adolescence and he'll always remain that.

Hall of Fame? Yes.
Back in Baseball in any other capacity? No.

Pete has squandered his place in history by being pete. But he's nevertheless earned his proper place: in the Hall of Fame as Pete Rose.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at January 7, 2004 02:23 AM

Here's an idea Spork: How about they agree to let Charlie Hustle be considered for the Hall of Fame - in 14 years.

Posted by: Ted at January 7, 2004 07:11 AM

Here's an idea Spork: How about they agree to let Charlie Hustle be considered for the Hall of Fame - in 14 years.
Rocket, I like the way you think!!! :D

Posted by: Tuning Spork at January 8, 2004 01:00 AM
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