With Baseball Commissioner Bud Selieg retiring and being replaced by MLB executive Rob Manfred, now is the time to forgive “Charlie Hustle” (Rose) and allow the baseball writers to vote on his election to the Hall of Fame.
Pete Rose bet on baseball. He did it while he was a manager for a major league team. He made a mistake. We all do.
When I was in High School, in my senior year, I was cocky. I thought I knew it all and thought that after 4 years at the school, I was above the rules. I was late all the time for homeroom and was eventually warned that if it happened again there would be a suspension. Inevitably, it happened again.
As the attendance sheet was being brought down to the main office, I intercepted it and convinced the student delivering it to mark me a “Present” rather than “Absent”. He did and the change did not go unnoticed.
I was called to the office the next morning and read the riot act by our principal. This was normally a job for our Vice Principal but I had a personal relationship with our Head Cheese ( he lived in the neibourhood and I was friends with his children) and he felt that he could nip this behaviour in the bud. He was right.
After talking with him about the tardiness and all other aspects of my academic career, he had changed my attitude and final few months at high school and I can honestly say I ended up being a better graduate because of his intervention. BTW, my principal, Mr. H. Petras, had a distinguished Military career before becoming an educator and he knew how to use that to his advantage.
So, I made a mistake. I made many mistakes. Some were huge and could have thrown me into a different path that would have been much less successful than it has been. I am forever grateful for that second chance. And I’m sure that Pete Rose would appreciate it too.
Pete was arguably the best player since Babe Ruth laced ’em up when he was playing in the 70’s and 80’s. He IS one of the best to ever play the game. It’s time to allow him to be forgiven for his misdeeds and acknowledge his place in baseball history before he is history. ~Bill