Pete Rose is an asshole. Ask anyone whos ever met the dude. But the fact that Charlie Hustle Major League Baseballs all-time hits leader and a 17-time All-Star isnt in the Hall of Fame is the work of more-insidious buttholes. Yeah, Rose bet on games, including his own team, the Cincinnati Reds, while he was still playing/managing. And, yeah, thats bad, but compared to the slimy, steroid-rippled creatures whove been allowed to hijack baseballs record books in the last decade, what Rose did seems kinda bush-league, and the punishment seems like swatting a mosquito with a pile driver.
Roses legend lives on at events like the Phoenix Sports Card Show, where hell sign memorabilia for $69 or $99 a pop, depending on the item. Also signing are Minnesota Vikings Hall of Famer Carl Eller ($29/item) and young Arizona Diamondbacks Gerardo Parra ($15/item) and Clay Zavada ($10/item).
Sat., June 13, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2009