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Pete Rose Continues To Show How Awful He Is

The former Red and Phillies MLB great has never been a sterling person and it is not about what you probably think it is.

Pete Rose is the all-time MLB hits leader. He is one of only two hitters to ever have over four thousand hits. He attained these records by sheer longevity. Rose played for 24 seasons and is also the record holder for most games played, plate appearances, and at-bats.

Rose has more accolades, but I don't want to spell them out further. Feel free to check out his baseball-reference page if you want to see them. He doesn't deserve more applause. He doesn't deserve more ego stroking. That's not the story that needs telling.

Sunday

On Sunday, Rose, now 81 years old, was a part of the celebration of the 1980 Philadelphia Phillies World Series championship team at Citizens Bank Park. He received a standing ovation. Before the game, Rose was asked by Alex Coffey, a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, asked Rose whether he thought his presence at the event sent a negative message to women. His response was an all-timer of obtusity.

“No, I’m not here to talk about that. Sorry about that. It was 55 years ago babe.”

Another reporter asked a similar question, relating it to the planned 2017 honoring at Citizen's Bank Ballpark that was scratched after a woman alleged that he had sex with her when she was less than 16 years old.

"I'm going to tell you one more time. I'm here for the Philly fans. I'm here for my teammates, OK. I'm here for the Philly organization and who cares what happened 50 years ago. You weren't even born. So, you shouldn't be talking about it, because you weren't born. If you don't know a damn thing about it, don't talk about it."

Gross

Pay no attention to the preposterous argument that people should not discuss events that happened before they were born. What we should pay attention to is that these aren't allegations. There are court documents that pertain to a lawsuit that Rose filed where Rose admitted that he had sex with the female but claimed that he did not do so until 1975 when she was 16 years old. The age of consent in Ohio is 16, for reasons passing any understanding.

We're also supposed to take Rose at his word that she was actually 16 years old. That's a gamble I am not going to take. 

Rose was banned from baseball in 1989 for betting on games while he was a player and manager for the Reds. For a decade and a half, he insisted he never bet on games or on his own team. In 2004, in his autobiography, he changed his tune and admitted he gambled on games while he was a manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Forgive me for not taking anything Rose says as truth.

After the game, Rose offered the worst apology since Thom Brennaman's on-air apology. This is from Coffey's own story, linked here.

"Rose was made available after the ceremony. Someone, maybe an agent, said he had something to say to me, but he didn't seem to know he was expected to say anything. He asked if he'd offended me, and said 'will you forgive me if I sign 1000 baseballs for you' before saying 'sorry.'"

Rose Is Clueless At Best

Rose offering to sign 1,000 baseballs for the reporter can only be one of two things. It's either an incredibly rude statement from Rose that confirms his disrespect and confirms what a vile and repulsive he is, or it is a staggering display of obliviousness and cluelessness from Rose. If it is the latter, I want to be careful and respectful of how we approach an 81-year old man's mental health. The thing is, I don't believe it is the latter. Rose has never shown any signs of being clueless. He's only ever shown who he truly is. Pete Rose is just a vile person. We should not be honoring him or lauding him anymore.