That's right. As bad as it may sound, it's actually true.
Well it is in my eyes at least, and let me tell you how.
Rose was officially knocked out of baseball in 1989. After allegations of Rose betting on baseball spread all over the sports world, Rose and his time in baseball had came to an end.
Now, I do understand what he did was wrong. He can admit that, so can I. But, how can a man who bet on baseball, didn't cheat for his team, didn't use special bats and balls, put special powders or anything in their hats, just bet on his team, be punished for all these years. Then you have guys who take steroids, cheat not only for themselves, but cheat the people of baseball, get away with it, and only be slapped on the hand with a 50 to 100 game suspension?
I have wondered about this topic for years now. I see my hero, the man I have looked up to for years, sit back and be slapped all over, while I see A-Rod come clean about using steroids, and he has just returned from the disabled list and is now playing. How can this happen?
I hope I'm not the only person who feels this way. How can you do something like that, and basically get away with it?
That's like robbing a bank and the cops come to arrest you, and they just let you walk. Well I guess they could throw you in a cell for a night then release you. That would be about equal to baseballs "slap on the hand".
My point, Rose deserves to be in, and he deserves it more than anybody. If a guy can use performance enhancing drugs, get away with it, have a great career, and be a cheater, then how can Pete Rose not be in the Hall of Fame? Baseball is a shame now, and it has really let me down over the years.
Baseball needs to realize these cheaters don't deserve to even be in the game today, and Rose can't even be reinstated in the game.
It's a shame, and I really hope it doesn't continue. I will always support Pete Rose and everything he does. Hopefully we can both see the day he is inducted into the Hall of Fame.
And if that day comes, you better believe I'll be there to see it.