Clueless Reds Fans Gave Todd Frazier A Louder Ovation Than Pete Rose
During the pregame ceremonies of the All-Star game, Pete Rose was introduced as one of the four greatest Reds players ever, and the crowd went wild. But apparently not as wild as they went for Todd Frazier. Unless everybody at Great American Ballpark is under the age of 30, there is no excuse for such madness.
Rose's current lifetime ban from the MLB includes many stipulations, one of which is that he cannot appear on the field without the consent of the commissioner. Commissioner Rob Manfred has agreed to hear Rose's appeal of his lifetime ban - tentatively set for August -and gave the okay for the Reds' all-time player to appear on the field during pregame ceremonies as part of the Franchise Four campaign.
As perhaps the league's greatest living pariah, the sight of Rose taking the field at the All-Star game for the first time since he played in his 17th Midsummer Classic should have been the highlight of the pregame for Cincy fans. They never get to see him get his due. Yet according to Twitter, his 90-second ovation was eclipsed by the roar the crowd delivered for last night's Home Run Derby winner Todd Frazier.
Seriously, Cincy? It's all well and good that you're living in the here and now and not stuck reliving the glory days of 40 years ago, but when the old guy happens to be indisputably one of the greatest players of all-time and he's your guy, you stand by your man. You don't give Todd Frazier more love than Pete Rose.
Frazier is a 29-year-old two-time All-Star. Please tell me you realize that he has a long way to go before he deserves Pete-Rose-Standing-On-The-Field-In-Cincinnati levels of applause. Rose could have gone to one-third (of 17) as many All-Star games, never won a World Series title for you (of which he won two) and gambled his way through his entire career, and he'd still deserve a greater ovation than Todd Frazier.
If winning the Home Run Derby is the standard by which you measure the current relative value of your athletes, it's no wonder your great and historic team has been devoid of a championship for 25 years. Expect more from your players and then maybe you will be lucky enough to have a player even half as great as Pete Rose was.
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