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For better or worse, Pete will always be Pete

For better or worse, Pete will always be Pete
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Toward the end, talking over the downshifting http://www.officialsanfranciscogiantsshops.com/WOMENS-MADISON-BUMGARNER-JERSEY.html trucks and hurrying cabs on Las Vegas Boulevard, Pete Rose’s voice checked up on him. He’s never been that proficient at controlling himself, a characteristic that served him well at times and not so well in others, and suddenly you understood this was a 74-year-old man who’s buried friends and relatives and teammates and wonders what he will leave behind one of these days, or years, or whenever. And that’s why the whole damned thing is so wretched. It pains him to try. It pains us to watch. Yet, he’s so simple, so likeable, so flawed, that if you can’t grin at the sight of him in front of the "Hit King Throne," flanked by lawyers, “Hit King” on his collar, “14” on his shirt cuff, words clunking from whimsical to desperate, well, you’re missing the essence of Pete. He’s trying to fix it before it’s too late, so just hours after the commissioner notified him he would not be reinstated any time soon, Pete cleared his throat and took another at-bat. He was asked Tuesday morning at a press conference about Hall of Fame plaques. He mentioned statues. This is the stuff that lasts forever, like the number 4,256 just might. Like a man’s choices just might. “All I look forward to being someday is Scottie Pippen Womens Jersey friends of baseball,” he said. “I want baseball and Pete Rose to be friends. That’s all I want. So I can say I’m not an outsider looking in. I got grandkids. They want their grandpa …” This is where his composure threatened to desert him. You look into their young faces and see forever. You see them doing all the wonderful things you never quite got around to, and making better decisions, and laughing a little more often. Oh, hell, they’ll never be a ballplayer like you were, but at 74 years old, how much does that really count anymore? What does that mean when the very game you gave your life to has turned its back? When you yourself fouled it up? Pete found his voice and with his eyes reddened, finished, “… to be associated with baseball. That’s all.” Then a truck rumbled past. It goes fast, faster than anyone knows, and one day it seems the world is about everyone but you. Maybe Pete has gotten there. Maybe that’s healthy for him. Doesn’t sound like that means he has to ignore a clearly favorable point spread – he’s only human, after all – but at some point you get to thinking about what everyone will say when it’s over. Should Pete be in the Hall of Fame? Well of course he should. Will it change anything of the past 30 years? Nope. As Pete said, because he’s such a piece of work, “You’re probably right, I shouldn’t a did that. But I gotta live my life. If you live it right, once is enough.” The route to the Hall will be complicated, but Nicolas Meloche Womens Jersey no more complicated than the route to 74 and beyond. He’ll stay at it. The Hall apparently will resist. Committees will come and go. The conversation will continue. He shrugged. “I’m in control of myself … and I’ll continue the path of reconfiguring my life,” he said, borrowing a phrase from Bart Giamatti and repeated by more than one commissioner since. “All I can do is try and be a better person, where eventually they’ll let me in. They’ll want me back.” His son, Pete Jr., is 46 now, about the age Pete got into all that trouble, about the time he retired. “If I kick the bucket,” Pete said, “he can make a speech at Cooperstown. He’s an educated kid.” Meantime, Pete will sit on his throne of bats, those arranged like a starburst over his head. He’ll make his living, sign his baseballs, make his appearances. He’ll be a scoundrel to some, a martyr to others, and just ol’ Pete to plenty. He said, yes, he was disappointed he was not reinstated, but that’s what life looks like now. So, another day like yesterday, another day to try a little harder, or not. “I’m not mad at anybody,” he insisted. “I’m the http://www.officialphilliesshops.com/WOMENS-MIKE-SCHMIDT-JERSEY.html one that caused this situation. If I hadn’t started being out of control back in the late ’80s, we wouldn’t be standing here today.”

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