Pete Rose believes baseball a better sport with him in it

Pete Rose believes baseball a better sport with him in it
July 7, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Pete Rose at an MLB game in 2013 (USA Today)

Pete Rose is still around the game of baseball. You can find him in Las Vegas selling autographs, managing games in an Independent League in Connecticut, or hocking a fantasy baseball app for your phone. He still love watching Major League Baseball and wishes he could be involved with it once again.

Much of a younger generation of fans don't know a ton about Rose other than the gambling controversy, the hustle mystique, and the fact that every one of your fathers and uncles have nothing but praise to bestow on the former Hit King.

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times caught up with Rose recently to talk about his current jobs but also about his checkered past which he now seems to talk bluntly about.

On his gambling past:

“I was dead wrong in everything I did,” Rose said, adding later: “I should have fessed up when I was called into the office. But with my age at the time and two young kids, and all of a sudden I was going to lose my job, and I’ve been playing baseball since I was 9 years old — how are my kids going to survive?”

And on ever getting back into the game:

“I’m a firm believer that baseball is a better sport if I’m in it,” Rose said, and you wonder if we will ever find out.

You can read the entire Rose piece here.

>>Pete Rose Aways His Return, 25 Years Into Exile [NYTimes] (via HBT)