When I wore a younger man's clothes, Pete Rose was my idol. I ran to first base after ball four and slid head first even if I didn't have to. I loved baseball and wanted to play the game just like Charlie Hustle. As I got older and started a family of my own, I began to separate the player from the man. When Rose admitted to gambling on baseball games, I wasn't sure how to react. Having spent more than a decade defending him, I felt betrayed. I also felt sorry for the man that I had admired for so long. Rose is not a perfect man, nor did he ever claim to be. If you think you are a perfect person, you are a liar. Between the white lines, Rose played the game the way it was meant to be played. He made the most of his physical abilities by never giving less than his best effort. That is what ...
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