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Pete Rose is having a bad day

Jan 30, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

My pick for the world’s best mixed martial arts writer, Ariel Helwani of, just tweeted this while in Las Vegas for UFC 156 on Saturday:

I wonder if TLC will include that on Rose’s reality show?

  1. paperlions - Jan 30, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    I just glanced at the screen and thought the headline read “Pete Rose is having a baby”, and it immediately conjured up images of a pregnant Pete Rose, a la Arnold Schwarzenegger in Junior.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 30, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      And you read it thinking that was the title?

      • paperlions - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        No, those were just the images going through my head as my brain attempted to re-focus from what I was reading to the headline on the more distant screen. I was happy to see Pete isn’t pregnant, not so much for his sake, but for that of the hypothetical child. I also imagined Pete wearing a t-shirt that said “I’m with stupid, but that had an arrow pointing up.”

      • historiophiliac - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        I’m loathe to say anything about you mentally dressing Pete…but I will note that the picture of him in the technicolor dreamcoat that made the rounds awhile back always reminded me of Elton John.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jan 30, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      That’s funny – my brain inserted “hair” as the penultimate word of the headline. And that’s true every day for Pete Rose.

  2. dcfan4life - Jan 30, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Hey, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Rose should call him out and demand Vegas justice…

  3. beefytrout - Jan 30, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    I saw this first-hand back in September. It really was sad.

    • deepflakes - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Saw the same thing in a Vegas mall several years ago . . . I’ve never liked Rose and wouldn’t cross the street to get a pix with him.

      • wolfmagic2012 - Jan 30, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        2 bad 4 U. I would. Pete is the unquestioned Hit King. He belongs in the Hall, and I would most certainly support Pete being allowed back in baseball. He made a big mistake, but he never tanked his own team or bet against them. It isn’t like he took PEDs, like a f*cking HUGE amount of players in MLB – THOSE are the schmucks that should be out of baseball. All Hail The Hit King, Pete Rose!

  4. randomfan999 - Jan 30, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Actually this is a pretty common thing unfortunately. ESPN did a 30 for 30 short about Pete that goes into some detail about it. It’s very sad to see. You can tell Pete just wants to have something to do with baseball again.

    Link to said ESPN short:

    • fissels - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      Does he want something to do with baseball or is he hard up for the cash?

      • mazblast - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        He’s managed to piss away the money he’s made, and baseball is the only way for him to make “enough” money.

        Personally, unless baseball chooses very, very poorly when it picks the next commissioner, I think Pete’ll die before he’s readmitted. And justifiably so.

      • badintent - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:06 AM

        Is his restaurant in Boca Raton busted ?? Have you seen his Man/girl friend?.Her plastic surgery costs bucho bucks

  5. myenta9345 - Jan 30, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    god all mighty put him in the hall of fame;look at whats going on today

  6. tfbuckfutter - Jan 30, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    When I was a kid my dad and I had to run to the auto parts store and Darrell Waltrip was there signing autographs. I still have mine.

    And to this day I have no idea who Darrell Waltrip is.

    • paperlions - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      Wasn’t he the campaign manager for Homer Stokes, “friend of the little man”?

      • tfbuckfutter - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        I don’t get that reference but I can tell you this….when my dad and I were at the back counter, he came back to use the employee bathroom which was behind the counter, and when he came out someone jumped right on him asking him where something or other was.

        I think he was even wearing his….uniform? Suit? I don’t know what racecar outfits are referred to as and I’d hate to appear stupid.

    • mazblast - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      I’m no NASCAR fan, but even I know who Darrell Waltrip is. One of the greats in stock car racing history.

  7. paul621 - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Maybe he should charge less for his autograph–supply and demand and all that. I saw him up at the Hall of Fame on induction weekend once and would have loved to stop by his table, but it was too expensive to justify. Met Bob Feller instead– cheaper and cooler.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      To each their own of course, but to me, an autograph is a souvenir from having spent at least a few moments with a person I admire, such as when I met Bobby Orr when I was a kid and watched him play cribbage in the Bruins dressing room with his teammate hours before a game. I can’t imagine paying someone for their autograph. And just wondering, did Stan Musial charge people for his autograph?

      • paul621 - Jan 30, 2013 at 8:06 PM

        I’m somewhere in the middle–all the autographs I have we’re obtained in person, even if I had to pay a bit. I can’t foresee a situation where I’m in the locker room with Bibby Orr, so why not pay a bit to meet him? Same with Feller– I could pay a bit, or I could never meet him. Easy choice for the right price. I also assume my only chance to say hi to Musial and get his autograph would have been at a session, if he held them.

      • paul621 - Jan 30, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        Holy crap, that’s “Bobby” Orr of course. Stupid thumbs.

    • hojo20 - Jan 30, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      I’m jealous of you meeting Feller.

  8. cur68 - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    I just cannot mock Pete Rose anymore. Its too sad. Even LIFE is mocking Pete.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      You f-k around with me, there’s gonna be consequences and repercussions.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:41 PM

        Seriously? No one? That’s 2. I’m about to give up on all y’all.

      • cur68 - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:49 PM

        Well, I was going to make a “Miller’s Crossing” crack (its a question of etticks) but then I thought I’d go with a “Life” quote, then I couldn’t find one, then I got distracted by work. S’way she goes some days.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:55 PM

        I GAVE you a Life quote. I’ve dropped a few on here over the last few months. No one ever gets it. Lame! That’s my all-time favorite comedy. 😦

      • cur68 - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:58 PM

        I know it was a Life quote. I’ve seen the other one and recognized it, too. But, here’s the thing: I hate that movie. My favourite movie of the “Two Inept Buddies Against The World” genre is Dumb & Dumber. Drop one of those quotes and I’m your Huckelberry.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        How can you hate that movie? I’ve seen it at least 15 times and I still laugh…plus it has baseball. At least the pie people should like it. Dang. I’m taking my comic and going to the Boom Boom Room.

      • cur68 - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        sigh Ok. Just don’t fall off the jetway. Again.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:26 PM

        Gee, I’ve never flipped off a Canadian before. You’re #1!

      • skinsfanwill - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:34 PM

        Life is the best movie ever. How can anyone not like it?

      • cur68 - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:52 AM

        Didn’t like Life. I wanted to, but it was sad. No one should spend 65 years in jail for nothing and I couldn’t shake that no matter how funny those two guys were.

        Dumb & Dumber though? It was great. No matter what happened to Harry & Lloyd, they never changed; no matter who tried to victimize them the two of them always came out on top. That and the whole script was hilarious without relying on embarrassing the boys. In fact it was the other characters getting embarrassed while the lads just carried on being blissfully stupid. I loved the cosmic justice of it.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:48 AM

        Yeah, I couldn’t get through it. Forewarning: when you start talking about that movie, my brain shuts off and I no longer hear what you are saying.

  9. indaburg - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Pete Rose is having a bad couple of decades.

  10. randygnyc - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    I had no idea until watching Pete’s tlc show that he had set up his residency in the midst of that store in Vegas. I hate Vegas, but still found myself there last May. Had I known he was there and that it was a lonely existence, I would have made it my business to see him and taken him out to dinner.

    • freddieoh - Jan 30, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      Randy that’s really a sweet thought, but surely an expensive one:

  11. fissels - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Like it or not, this is what arrogance and disrespect for the game will get you.

  12. jeffa43 - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    2007… Same scene… 400 bucks later my father and I sat down with him and had a long conversation.
    We got a few items signed.

    Not one regret. He was awesome, and I was stoked nobody was in line. We talked for a while.
    1/2 the people who go to Vegas don’t have a clue who he is.

    I hung out with Charlie Hustle and talked about all the players he played with and against.
    His story’s, analysis, and insight was just awesome.

    This is coming from someone who loves baseball history.

  13. thomas844 - Jan 30, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    With all jokes aside, it really is sad to see Rose in this state. The man was such a great player and a driving force behind two straight Cincinnati championships. I see a man like Stan Musial who had true respect and dignity for the game and never asked for attention, he simply got it because he was so loved. That showed when all those people attended his funeral.

    Rose made a mistake as all people do, but if he just came clean right away and showed remorse for what he did, he might have more respect from fans. And now the guy is literally begging for attention and love, but it just doesn’t seem like he will get it anytime soon. He is doing the reality shows, campaigning to get himself recognized and in the Hall of Fame, but I just wish he would realize what he really needs to do to earn respect.

  14. source7769 - Jan 30, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    rose is always in the malls signing autographs the reason why its empty is he charges for anything he signs and the prices are outrageous

  15. hackerjay - Jan 30, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    I’ve seen that in person too.
    My favorite Pete Rose experience though was the day before Super Bowl XLII in 2008 I was in Vegas, and I decided to make some bets on the game, and Pete was at the same counter as me making his bets.

  16. rickrider23 - Jan 30, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    I saw the same thing in Vegas a few years back. Pete sitting at a folding table wearing some sweet white pants and white ankle boots, calfs exposed….not a sole around him. How did he score such a smoking hot wife?

  17. fanofevilempire - Jan 30, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Pete never anything to me so I can’t say he deserves to be in a bad spot if he is in one.
    I do feel bad for the fact he isn’t recognized for his accomplishments in baseball which
    he did before his ban from baseball. I hope Pete is happy in his life even if the HOF
    doesn’t happen for him.

  18. halohonk - Jan 30, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    As a kid growing up my dad used to tell me to play ball like Pete Rose they call him “Charlie Hustle” always hustling. Seeing Pete and the way charges huge $ for autographs and the reality show bs the nickname still applys ” Charlie Hustle” always hustling. That being said still should be in the Hall of Fame.

  19. sportsfan69 - Jan 30, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    To Bud Selig,

    Are we not a merciful society? Pete Rose has already humiliate himself enough on National television. He has admitted his gambling addiction. How much more grief should a man take? Pete Rose is the ALL TIME hits leader. Give Charlie Hustle a break. Banning Pete Rose from baseball forever does NOT help the game. Maybe, Johnny Bench can reach out to Bud Selig and the HOF committee?

    • mazblast - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      Bench is the last guy who’d do anything to restore Rose to MLB’s good graces. He hates Pete’s guts, for a variety of on-field and off-field reasons. I’ve met Bench several times over the years (a nice guy), and when the name “Rose” comes up, he says, “Don’t get me started”.

      I doubt that Morgan would do much for Pete, either. He used to be one of Pete’s biggest public champions, but I think he got blindsided when Pete finally told the truth.

      Perez? He might do it. Tony is one of the greatest guys you’ll ever meet. He tends to think the best of everyone.

  20. stevincinci - Jan 30, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    He might be the butt of jokes, but there is no doubting, one of, or maybe, the best baseball player of all time. You know it, I know it. That’s not saying he ain’t a box of rocks. Just saying.

  21. stevincinci - Jan 30, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    In the same sentence though, really hard to feel sorry for a person who made millions of dollars, and is begging for people to buy his signature. Is it really worth anything?

  22. robsaljr - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Yep, saw the same thing w/ Mickey Mantle at the MGM back in ’98. I was killing time waiting for my friends wedding to start & I look over & see Mick all by himself and nobody was there by his table. Poor guy. I immediately knew who this guy was and I start chatting Yankee baseball w/ him. IT was awesome.Great guy, during & after his career. Too bad the liver didn’t hold up. I didn’t need his autograph. (my personal thing is I don’t pay for those things) I will always remember our conversation. So same thing w/ Pete. Yeah he messed up so forgive him already & let him in the HOF.

  23. blingslade - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    It’s funny how MLB got this one right. Pete Rose is an addicted gambler who will do ANYTHING to get that next fix.

    Think about it, would a severe gambling addict do something like bet AGAINST his own team? Why yes, yes he would. And Pete Rose did!!!

  24. joowishy - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    If Pete ever wants back junto baseball he needs to quit sitting behind that table, which is inside a Vegas casino. Pete, leave Vegas and get into HOF.

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