I watched the Fox Sports feed from Cincinnati last night and outside of Hanley’s HR in the first inning and the stellar pitching by most of the pen, the game was a yawner. However, what happened AFTER the game was a thing for the ages. It probably means more to me than to most people because I grew up in Ohio and watched the Big Red Machine many times each year, especially when they played the Dodgers. I am not a hater – I don’t like the Giants but I don’t hate them. When you hate something, it still has control over you and I don’t like that. I do however, like the Reds in the aspect that they were my hometown team. If I had a second favorite team, it would be the Reds.
Last night was something really special in that it was Joe Morgan Weekend in Cincinnati and Big Red Machine’s ‘Great Eight’ reunited for first time EVER. It was awesome to see this 60-something and 70-something players be back on the field together. They formed what was arguably the best lineup ever. Of course, you may have a different opinion – I said arguably!
The stats of the 1975 Big Red Machine can be found HERE. We all know what happened later when Pete Rose bet on baseball as a manager and was banned by then Commissioner Bart Giamatti. I always believed that Rose and Giamatti had a handshake deal that Pete would be let back into baseball at some time, but Bart up and died and Pete is still banned for life, which I think is a crying shame. Pete Rose is the greatest hitter in terms of sheer quantity of hits and is beloved by the Ohio fans.
Yes, he violated baseball’s most sacred rule and bet on baseball AFTER his playing career was over, but there was never any evidence that he ever bet against his team. He always bet for his team. Yes, it was wrong in the full sense of being wrong, but his actions never compromised records like Ryan Braun, Roger Clemens, Mark MacGwire, Barry Bonds and A-Rod. People say betting on baseball is the worst offense because it compromises the game, but the reality of the situation is that while what Pete did was wrong, he did not compromise the game.
If we forgive players like the above-mentioned, should we not forgive Pete Rose? If you are the vindictive sort and want pure justice, then say he was banned from baseball AFTER his playing career was over, but you can’t ignore the fact the he has to be in the Hall-of-Fame as a player. It’s way past time to put this to rest, Bud Selig!
It was heart-warming to see the crowd cheer Pete and see his teammates hug him including Johnny Bench with whom he has feuded in the past. Pete Rose is kind of an obnoxious character, but he was the best hitter of all time. He needs his bust in Cooperstown before he dies.
- Rumor has it that the Dodgers tried to acquire Howie Kendrick at the trade deadline for Zach Lee. Evidently the Angels think as little about Zach Lee as I do.
- Brian Wilson was lucky in getting out of a jam last night (but he seems to be able top do that). However, his velocity was mostly around 88 MPH. I saw him at 93-94 earlier this month. Is anything up with that?
- I still think Matt Kemp will play this season and be a factor. Just my opinion….
- In the off-season, would you trade Matt Kemp for Kyle Seager?
- I have to make a decision today if I can walk enough to go to the game tomorrow night. Not sure yet….