" USA Today,
December 10, 2002: "Pete Rose, banned from baseball since 1989 for illegal
gambling, is close to being reinstated. The all-time hits leader could be on the
Hall of Fame ballot next December and back in baseball in some capacity by 2006 if ongoing
negotiations with Commissioner Bud Selig are successful. Should Pete Rose be allowed back in the game/business/culture of
even though he has lied ever since 1989 about his gambling.
-- Because even though he could play well, he also lied and continued to lie for over 13
years, gambled, broke the rules, and sports should be played by rules and consequences.
2. In order to
get re-instated, Pete Rose must sign a confession about his gambling. That will verify that
he did gamble and lied about it for 13 years. Do you think that after re-instatement
he will eventually claim that he was coerced into signing the confession and only did it
for the good of baseball?
Of course, why not in today's culture?
No, what would make me think that?
3. January 22,
2003: A friend of Pete's now says that Pete is prepared to admit:
1.) That he did actually gamble on
2.) That he did lie about it for 13 years.
admission that he lied for so long should in itself REALLY make him ineligible for
Baseball's Hall of Fame!!!
Oh my God, did he really lie?
can't believe it. He didn't lie for 13 years. But, wait, then I wonder is he lying
4. Pete Rose was
banned from baseball for life because:
He was caught gambling
He lost his hitting ability
Vast right field conspiracy
5. Pete Rose
wants to be reinstated in baseball so that he can then be inducted into the
Hall of Fame. Do you believe he should be reinstated?
6. Pete Rose
allegedly placed bets on his own team and then played and managed in the games that he bet
on. Do you think that perhaps he might have adjusted the way he played in order to
affect the outcome of the games?
7. Of those on
the right, who or what group does the most damage to our culture.
executives, accountants, stock manipulators & under-the-table deal makers
of these because they erode the integrity of our society and provide examples of
"getting away with something crooked that we each may want to try someday."
8. Rose was asked in
the ABC Primetime interview why he should be reinstated. Pete answered:
"Because I understand that I made a mistake. And there is not a damn thing I
can do about that mistake." On January 5, 2004, Kirk Semple in USAToday,
reports that Rose suggested his willingness to recognize his mistake's severity and admit
to it was enough to rectify the error. Rose said, "Fourteen years is a long
time. It's time to clean the slate, it's time to take responsibility." To Pete
Rose, taking responsibility means:
"Ya, I done it. Now let's all pretend I never did do it."
gambling and lying and then suffering no consequences.
9. If you cheated your
boss and friends, lied and got away with it for 14 years, and then admitted to cheating,
would you expect to have your boss accept you back into his business and your friends back
into their lives as if as if you never did anything wrong?
10. Pete Rose
gambled, was caught, paid a fine. Who and what was damaged by Pete Rose's
Everyone who respects rules &
knows right from wrong
All of the above
11. Do you
believe that Hall of Fame members need to be examples of good sportsmanship?
12. Do you believe
that Hall of Fame members should be good role models?
13. Do you believe
the Hall of Fame should induct anyone who plays baseball very well, regardless of his
character, morals, integrity and ethics?
14. The American
Heritage Dictionary defines 'fame' as, "Great renown," "Public
estimation, reputation." Does Pete Rose's fame qualify him for the Baseball
Hall of Fame?
15. Why do people
want Rose re-instated?
players can be dishonest if they play well enough.
Most people don't consider gambling on your own team serious even though it
breaks baseball's rules.
Most people envy others who can get away with dishonest or unethical behavior.
So many athletes are criminals, drug users, do so many low class things, that
it doesn't matter if Rose gambles and lies about it..
16. Is Rose's
re-instatement merely another example of our society's eroding ethical standards?
17. Sammy Sosa's bat
broke while he hit what might have been another of his famous home runs. How many
times before has Sammy used a corked bat by mistake?
Enough to give him
the critical extra homers
Some number that we'll never
18. I am: