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Rumors of a possible Pete Rose All-Star Game appearance began circulating several months ago, along with talk of a possible limited reinstatement by new Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred.
In light of the recent publication of evidence that proves Rose did bet on baseball while still playing, the likelihood of reinstatement of any kind now seems unlikely. However, on Tuesday night, Rose did get to appear on the field along with several other Reds legends before the 2015 MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati.
As expected, the fans at the Great American Ballpark gave Charlie Hustle a rousing ovation—though there were definitely some boos mixed in there as well, most likely from visiting fans.
Have a look:
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 14, 2015
Afterward Rose gave a candid and entertaining interview with Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. If you’re too young to remember Pete Rose playing and managing the Cincinnati Reds and don’t understand why everybody loved this guy so much, this video ought to explain it:
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 15, 2015
Regardless of whether you think Pete Rose’s lifetime ban should or should not be lifted, or whether you think he should or should not be in the Hall of Fame, I think we can all agree the whole situation just really sucks. Baseball would be better with Pete Rose.