Oh don’t mind that noise, that’s just the Pete Rose Hall of Fame talks machine firing on all cylinders right now. By my count that’s like the third or fourth time this year alone we’ve had this discussion? It’s the same thing every single year and quite frankly I get sick of having the Pete Rose Hall of Fame talk Every. Single. Year. Everyone knows that Pete Rose is Major League Baseball’s Hit King. Everyone is pretty much in agreement that Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame. Only problem is that’s never going to happen as long as there’s a bastion of old school baseball purists standing guard at the gates of Cooperstown wielding bats on top of their moral high horses. The same crew that stands by and watches baseball die while people can’t access gifs or memes or really anything that makes the game more fun for the fans. Baseball has Pete right where they want him. Just close enough to profit off of his ridiculous FS1 World Series coverage and All Star Game appearances, but far enough away to where an actual enshrinement in Cooperstown can never become a reality. The MLB treats Pete like a booty call. They want all the sloppy drunken sex and Sunday morning girlfriend stuff without having to actually label themselves as a thing and commit to a long term relationship. By allowing Pete on TV and in the Reds Hall of Fame and just close enough around the fringes of the game to generate a little buzz and a little extra profit, Major League Baseball is able to do just that.
Also let me crawl out from underneath my doomsday shelter and holler conspiracy for a second. Isn’t it a little fishy that the Reds would choose to honor Pete just before All Star break in a season where the Reds are supposed to be about as competitive as a YMCA T-ball team? That wouldn’t be a ploy just to get butts in the seats, would it? Naaahhhh, couldn’t be.
PS- If anyone in the Reds front office has a brain in their skull, they’ll give away free promotional white on white Reds baseball caps just like Pete wears every single day of his life.
I’d even settle for an oversized, French cuff dress shirt with ‘Hit King’ stitched into the collar. Think about it, Reds.