Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective
Pete Rose is back in the game.
Rose will be forever known as the guy who bet on baseball. He is the MLB all-time leader in hits with 4,256 over the course of 24 years. Unfortunately, the betting black eye will be always be something that will continually follow him.
Whether or not you agree with the lifetime ban, there are those who feel he deserves to be in the Hall. Heck, there are countless others already inducted who have done worse. In the meantime, you have to hand it to the Independent League by continuing to push the envelope.
In June, Rose managed the Bridgeport Bluefish for one game. Bluefish general manager, Ken Shepard, spoke some very special words. "The Atlantic League was created to be a league of second chances". By the Freedom honouring Rose, it's another example of how much he still means to the game. Whatever he did in the past is the past. Give him his credit give him his due.
Reserved tickets for game night will be $14, dugout tickets are $16, and VIP tickets will be $18. In addition, Rose will also meet with 100 lucky fans for one hour for a price of $114. The package will consist of a Rose greeting the group for ten minutes, a personal meeting, a picture, and getting one piece of Freedom memorabilia autographed by Rose himself.
It will be a great evening, a tribute to one of the greatest hitters ever. Hopefully one day Major League Baseball will have their own Pete Rose Night.