When we last checked in on baseball hit king Pete Rose he was attempting to make a few bucks selling notarized copies of the documents that banned him from Major League Baseball. Apparently, still needing money to pay federal back taxes has left the long-time Cincinnati Reds player in search of more ways to make a few dollars.
This coming weekend Rose will attempt to do just that by speaking at the Belterra Casino Resort in Florence, Indiana.
Pete Rose hits the live stage Friday night in what is basically a one-man show billed in various places on the internet as “An Evening With Pete Rose,” or “4,192 — The Making of the Hit King.”
“It’s me telling stories about how I got started playing ball, the impact my father had on me as an athlete, signing with the Reds and right on through the breaking of the (all-time) hit record,” Rose said Tuesday in a telephone interview.
There will be graphics on a big screen, questions from an on-stage interviewer to maintain the storyline of river rat Pete growing up near Anderson Ferry all the way through breaking Ty Cobb’s hit record on Sept. 11, 1985, and Rose’s forte, taking questions from the audience.
“That’s what keeps it fresh for me,” Rose said. “You never know what people are going to ask. Somebody will ask a question I haven’t heard before and it calls to mind a story and I’m off and running.”
Aside from the whole betting on baseball thing, which I imagine will be brought up by someone in the audience, Rose did have himself one of the better careers in baseball history and hearing him discuss it in his own words should be enough to get people to attend. Will all 1,500 seats be filled or is it worth $25-$30 to get in the door is up in the air at this point.
To catch up on what Pete Rose has been doing lately, this video directed by Eric Drath is a good place to start. The interview offers the following notable quotes:
“I would rather be managing a baseball team to be honest with you. I don’t get off work and go to the casino. I get off work and usually go to Subway and get a salad, then go home and watch sports on TV. I’m kind of a boring guy but that’s what I want to do.”
“If you wanna put something on my tombstone, that’s very important to me, it’s 1,972. That’s how many winning games I played in, and that makes me the biggest winner in the history of sports…”
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