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Pete Rose wants his girlfriend in Playboy

Nov 11, 2009, 8:46 PM EDT

peterose-girlfriend-091111.jpgForget the Hall of Fame, Pete Rose has a new, far worthier cause to throw his lobbying efforts behind. Yes, that’s right, baseball’s all-time hit king is pushing for Playboy to feature his girlfriend in a pictorial.

Rose took his pitch public in an interview with KGOW in Houston (from SportsRadioInterview.com, via USA Today):

“My girl has finally decided to try to shoot for Playboy, and they were kind enough to give her an opportunity to come to Houston next week for an interview, and we’re excited about that. She’s beautiful, she’s young, educated — there’s a lot of qualities.”

That’s Rose and his girlfriend – he hasn’t revealed her name – above at a Vitaly Klitschko bout in Los Angeles in September. Rose, who turns 69 in April, wasn’t shy about gushing about her in the interview, but did somehow keep his ego in check when asked about their age difference.

“Oh, no. You got to stay young, keep yourself young. And that’s all part of it. You know, I work in Vegas 17 days a month at The Field of Dreams store, and you know, my girl’s a real educated girl — she graduated from Arizona State. She had a very prestigious job several years ago when she was a flight attendant for Korean Airlines, which is really a big deal in Korea, and she’s Korean. And let’s just hope that the Playboy people like her, and if they don’t, that’s okay too. We’ll just turn the page and thank them for the opportunity.”

Rose notched the last of his 4,256 career hits back in 1986, yet he continues to impress. First Playboy, then Cooperstown? Whaddya think?

If I were a betting man, I’d say Rose eventually gets into the Hall of Fame, probably some day long after Bud Selig retires. But despite his girlfriend’s obvious attributes, including her aforementioned education and job history, I’m not sure a high quality publication like Playboy is right for her. (They gave us Kendra!) They’ve got standards over there, after all, and her boyfriend bet on baseball, which just isn’t right.

You can listen to the Rose interview here.

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  1. Jimsjam33 - Nov 12, 2009 at 12:42 AM

    Pete ,
    You’re an old wrinkled up broken down man that’s going through an old age crises . The girl doesn’t want to be with you because you’re ” cute ” ” have a wad of cash ” or you’re hung . It’s your name Pete .
    The media loves this kind of thing . An old man who once was the King of the World sadly going out trying to regain his youth . Stop embarrassing your family , friends , and the few fans that still have nice memories of you . You are a ” has been ” that only has a few years left ( maybe )
    Get to church Pete and pray to God to show you the path to heaven . You won’t be able to steal your way . This time Pete the gamble isn’t worth wasting your time in eternity wishing you had done the right thing . This story is disgusting to say the least !

  2. GimmeSomeSteel - Nov 12, 2009 at 1:50 AM

    No class in the Sixties, no class in the Seventies, below no-class in the Eighties and even lower since then. The guy is scum, from a rotten neighborhood here in Cincinnati, from a low-rent family, and he was pampered and his peccadilloes always tolerated because he could hit singles, whoop-de-doo.
    What makes you think Rose would do something sensible (like keep a low profile and keep his big yap shut) now?

  3. Elaine Nishime - Nov 12, 2009 at 2:07 AM

    can you spell….f-a-c-e l-i-f-t? omg

  4. Calistoga - Nov 12, 2009 at 5:06 AM

    Jimsjam33 is jealous.

  5. WhoCares - Nov 12, 2009 at 6:58 AM

    Jimsjam33 isn’t jealous, but his wife needs to quit using his computer!

  6. Jim, Hudson, Ohio - Nov 12, 2009 at 7:55 AM

    Pete Rose is an embarrasment…just go away

  7. KimG - Nov 12, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    He shouldn’t be embarrassed, the girl who is dating him should. Really, she can’t find anyone BETTER than him? Does she not realize that every one who sees her with him is wondering what the hell she sees in him? Is she that stupid? Oh, why do women do this?

  8. Old Gator - Nov 12, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Why do women do….for Buddha’s sake, Kim, this is a sports blog. If you want to solve grand eternal existential mysteries, go consult the Delphic oracle after sacrificing a herd of goats. Looks to me, though, like Pete’s got the question solved – and he can take all the steroids he wants at this point and afford to take her to the Canadian side of Viagra Falls any time he wants to. That, and he gets to ask “who’s your daddy” every night.
    Reminds me of the old joke about the codger who walks into his gerontologist’s office one day and asks for a Viagra prescription. The doctor asks him how often he has sex and he replies, “almost every night.” The doctor is astonished. He says, “that’s just amazing at your age. Almost every night?” And the geezer shrugs, “Sure. Almost on Monday. Almost on Tuesday. Almost on Wednesday….”

  9. Detroit4Life - Nov 12, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    all i can say is i wouldn’t want to be him. if my girl wanted to show her goodies to everyone, i would think…hum…slut? i actually feel bad for pete.

  10. David Matheney - Nov 12, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Pete is the man, yes he has made mistakes, but how long should everyone hate him. He has and is paying for what he did everyday, so what does everyone want him to do? crawl in a hole and die? heck, he’s got to do something and if being with a 22 year old makes him feel good then he has the right to do so. get off his back, he could care less anyway what you think!!

  11. jaydee - Nov 12, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    More power to him! If he can tap that every night then he’s alright in my book! Hah!

  12. John - Nov 12, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    I wonder what the odds are on Pete’s girlfriend actually getting the gig and more importantly I wonder of Pete has laid any bets on it?

  13. Tracy - Nov 12, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Wow Pete. You’re just going from bad to worse. Get a grip old man….she’s old enough to your grand-daughter. “She’s beautiful, she’s young, educated…” sides….look at those huge cans I bought her.

  14. JL - Nov 12, 2009 at 6:33 PM

    Yeah, those women with educations, it’s so hard to get your hands on one. Because, y’know, women are generally unsuited for such rigorous mental work.
    Oh, and to “Old Gator” I say that this may be a sports blog, but that doesn’t mean we check our brains or moral compasses at the door.

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