Former major league baseball star Pete Rose managed the Bridgeport Bluefish to a 2-0 victory over the Lancaster Barnstormers on Monday night. It was Roses first time back in almost 25 years after being banned from the sport for gambling. Make no mistake, the fans still love Rose and came out in numbers to show their support. Some traveling as far away as Ohio to see their childhood hero.
Rose who still holds the record for most hits was able to provide the Bluefish players with leadership, advice and stories during his time as manager for one game. After arriving in Bridgeport on Monday morning, Rose spoke at a luncheon at Housatonic Community College for an hour before going back to The Ballpark at Harbor Yard to attend batting practice. After speaking to the Bluefish players in their locker room, he then attended a meet-and-greet with fans in the Harbor Club before attending a press conference in on the field. Rose exchanged starting lineups with the umpires and Lancaster manager Butch Hobson before signing autographs for fans. The former Cincinnati Red coached first base for four innings before finishing his Atlantic League managerial debut in Bridgeport’s dugout. Rose then wrapped up his stay in the Park City with a post game press conference on the field.
It was a great night for baseball and definitely what the Bluefish needed to get more fans into the stadium. Rose said he enjoyed his night back and was open for the idea of doing it again in the future.