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"Yes, sir, I did bet on baseball."
Like, duh. Gee thanks.
Memo to Pete Rose, Earth to Pete Rose, come in Pete Rose, over.
We know you bet on baseball, OK. We're not complete idiots.
Oh, and by the way, do the words, "Go bleep yourself" mean anything to you?
Go away. Go far away. Stop calling me, stop your publicist from calling me, just give it a rest already. I will not mention the title of your book on this website. In fact, I'm no longer speaking to you.
Dear Readers. Pete Rose and I are done, permanently. A lifetime ban. Let's just you and I talk.
Since I committed in last summer's "All Bets are Off" to give up swearing, swearing off swearing, I'll keep it clean. But my feelings remain the same. Pete Rose is the biggest piece of bleep in the history of baseball. That poll is closed.
As far as the other poll is concerned, fine, whatever. We live in a democracy, so let the Hall of Fame voters vote already, and let the chips fall where they may. Oh right, bad choice of words, sorry.
But hear this, Bud Selig, no reinstatement! No freaking reinstatement!!
No banned player has ever been reinstated. If you were even to consider such a thing, why in the world would you start in reverse chronological order?
Maybe baseball can lift the ban on Joe Jackson and his 1919 gang now, then plan to bring Rose back in 85 years. Each commissioner can leave a Post-It for the next guy. 85 years, plus time served, but not permanent. A fair compromise.
Look, Pete Rose deserved a lifetime suspension, OK, deserved to be disgraced, and continues to till this day. He's done nothing to better himself in fourteen years, or in twenty for that matter.
Rose is right about one thing, though. He is like an addict or an alcoholic. But that's as far as it goes. It's not the sport's fault Rose's disease went untreated. Pete made that choice all by his lonesome.
Baseball doesn't need its own treatment facility. Anyone who wants help knows where to find it, no charge. Just a little thing called, oh, I don't know, the telephone book. 411.
There is a solution, and a world famous organization available to Pete Rose, whenever he wants it. The point is, he doesn't.
Pete Rose never takes responsibility for a thing. It's all about Pete, selfish and self-centered to the extreme. It's a shame Mike Schmidt and more than a few other Rose supporters buy into it.
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