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On Pete Rose and Opening Day

JD is upset Pete Rose wants to come to Opening Day.

"I really wish he'd go away. Every year it seems like we get the Pete Rose sideshow at some point, and it's well past being old."

The current Pete "sideshow" is being brought to you by the Cincinnati Reds who are honoring him with a special exhibit in their HALL OF FAME.

I believe the Dowd report.  I believe Pete bet on baseball, on the Reds.  I also believe that he bet on the Reds to win.  There was never any evidence to the contrary.  Do I believe he bet on them every night ? I hope not.  I hope he had enough sense to not place a bet on the Reds to win when Joe Price was pitching against Steve Carlton.  He probably didn't.

Pete made a serious mistake many, many years ago. He deserved to be fired, and he was.
He lost his career, his reputation, his freedom.

He has served his punishment.  It's time to forgive him.

Now does this mean he should be allowed to ever manage or coach a team ?
Absolutely not.  He's lost that privilege forever.  But let's separate Pete the player from Pete the manager.  

"But he's a liar" you say.
And I would say let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
"I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky"
"Read my lips, No New Taxes"
"There's nothing wrong with Majewski"

Has Pete Rose been led on in this matter? I certainly think so.
Sign this agreement Pete and you can apply for reinstatement in a year.
"Just admit you bet on baseball, Pete, and they'll let you back in."

I agree Pete is one public affairs blunder after another.  He's not the sharpest tool in the tool box.  He wouldn't get Daedalus.   But, boy could he play baseball.

So don't let him manage.
But put him in the Hall of Fame.
Retire his number....
And by all means let him come to Opening Day.
I think he should throw out the first pitch.

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