Pete Rose Fights Back The Only We He Knows How: Seated On A Throne Of Bats In Las Vegas
Confession time: I really don't care if Pete Rose gets into the Baseball Hall of Fame. I think that we're all aware that Rose is one of the greatest players of all time. I suspect that he does too. So why does he need brick-and-mortar validation?
Because he's Pete Rose. One day he'll learn that the best way to solve a problem is not always to slide head-first into it. But as you can see above, today is not that day.
This was taken today at Rose's press conference in response to MLB Commission Rob Manfred refusing to lift his ban from baseball. Yes, that's a throne made of bats. Rose is wearing a white hat. He's in Las Vegas. There were cheerleaders to the side. And his lawyer resembles a Game of Thrones villain. The image is not going to enhance Rose's status with the HOF writers who vote on him.
Rose didn't say anything at the press conference that we didn't already know, except possibly this quote: "To be honest, I think that I should be the commissioner of baseball." Those who heard it live say he was kidding. I'll take their word for that.
But the photo above speaks volumes. It's a big raspberry valentine to Manfred, MLB, and the baseball writers who are keeping him out of the Hall of Fame (which is a separate issue from Manfred's ruling).
Rose is saying that he's still be the Baseball King of Vegas, and there's really no one I can think of better suited to signing autographs in the blazing hot Nevada desert for healthy amounts of cash. In his meeting with Manfred, Rose said that he still bets on baseball. Oy vey. I guess that he figures it's better to rule in hell than to serve in heaven.
If Rose is allowed back into baseball, it's going to be on his own terms -- and without a change of attitude, sincere apology, or dragons, I don't see that happening anytime soon.
— BESTAgency (@BESTAgencyLV) December 15, 2015
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