Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Rose Really Smells Like Boo Boo Boo

Insufferable self-promoter Pete Rose couldn't bear to sit this one out. He is using the steroids scandal to garner some more support for his own reinstatement.

In an interview with Dennis Miller, Rose said "I've been suspended 18 years for betting on my own team to win." "I was wrong ... but these guys today, if the allegations are true, they're making a mockery of the game." He went on to say "If you're going to put these guys that supposedly did steroids into the Hall of Fame, I mean I've got to get a shot somewhere."

No Pete, you don't. It's not even necessary to get into the reasons why gambling on your team is far more dangerous to the sport than steroid use. MLB Rule 21 clearly states "Any employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible." Pete Rose even voluntarily signed a contract that guaranteed his expulsion from the sport.

Yes he has the right to apply for readmission, but why should he be accepted? He publicly lied, in every available medium, for 15 years about his involvement in gambling. Rose even wrote a book denying his involvement. A couple of years ago, in yet another book, he finally comes clean and basically admits that he made an ass of all of his supporters.

Here is my favorite part of the Dennis Miller interview:

And if steroids were prevalent in his day?
"I would have got 5,000 hits," he said.

Isn't that basically a tacit admission that had he played in this era he would have done steroids as well?

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