Pete Rose says he’s ‘not going to make any odds’ on reinstatement
It’s Pete Rose week … we mean … All-Star week in Cincinnati. You’ll have to forgive us for the error, but it’s impossible to separate the two. Rose’s appearance during the pre-game festivities has been talked about for months.
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The fan reaction was exactly as many expected. The home crowd gave Rose a huge ovation. A sign with the phrase “let him in” was prominently displayed during the broadcast.
After meeting Manfred for the first time Tuesday, Rose said he wasn’t sure whether that would make a difference in his case for reinstatement. In fact, he told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports that he’s “not going to make any odds” on his reinstatement (skip to about 1:47 if you’re impatient).
EXCLUSIVE: Pete Rose speaks to Ken Rosenthal after receiving a rousing ovation from the fans before the MLB All Star…
Posted by MLB on FOX on Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Rosenthal asks Rose what he thinks the chances are that he’ll be allowed to return to the game. After a brief pause, Rose quips that he’s not going to place any odds on the situation. He then playfully slaps Rosenthal on the cheek before saying of Manfred, “if he’s a fair man, he’s going to give someone a second chance.”
Rose was willing to go a little further later in the interview, saying “I’m a good guy. I’m not the same guy today as I was 29 years ago.”
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Rose will eventually meet with Manfred to discuss his case, though that meeting has yet to be scheduled. Now that Rose has turned over a new leaf, he’s probably not willing to set an over/under on when he finally gets to sit down with the commish.
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