Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Starting a Player Collection
I know there are a lot of you out there that hate Pete with a passion, and I respect your opinion. I, on the other hand, have a different opinion when it comes to Charlie Hustle. I look at the man and his accomplishments and admire his accomplishments on the field. He didn't blast tape measure home runs nor did he steal an insane amount of bases. He was a ballplayer who did what was asked of him to help his team and not himself. Playing five different positions on the diamond is not something you see everyday. Pete played with a passion that you don't really see in players today. From his head first slides to his all-star game collision with Ray Fosse, Rose was a man that played the game with heart. Do I agree with everything Pete has done during his life, of course not. I was devastated when he was banned from baseball in 1989 and I was disappointed when he confessed that he bet on baseball when he managed the Reds.
While we like to place our favorite players on a pedestal, we never expect to see them fall from that lofty perch. Most of the time when they fall, they fall pretty far. Will my opinions of Pete change your view towards him, probably not. I will say, however, that Pete will always be my favorite player, flaws and all, because he reminds me of one thing...he's human. We all make mistakes, even baseball's "Hit King". But I'm not going to let those mistakes change my perception of a man who enjoyed playing the game. A man who once said "I'd walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball".