Have you ever known a person who is so clueless, so willfully obstinate, that you are amazed at how they actually make life decisions? For me, that person is and will continue to be Pete Rose.
This Sunday, Rose will appear in an ad shown in the Las Vegas area for a gambling company.
The ad is for a sports book company called William Hill, which operates legal gambling operations for many different sports, including baseball. The product that Rose appears in the ad for is a mobile app that allows users to easily place gaming bets. He’s joined by Oscar Goodman, former mayor of Las Vegas. Here’s part of the fantastic dialogue:
Rose [says], “Are you sure this won’t get me into any trouble?”
Goodman responds, “William Hill. It’s OK to bet on baseball.”
No. No, for Rose, and other people who are deeply involved in baseball, it’s not OK.
Last December, Rose had petitioned Major League Baseball to be reinstated into the game. Rob Manfred denied Rose’s request, in large part because Rose refuses to stop gambling, including on baseball. Rule 21(d) is very clear about how much of a cardinal sin this is:
Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible.
Rose placed bets on games that he had a duty to perform in. While he claims he never bet against his team, he also lied for years about his gambling addiction. When those two facts are pitted against each other, it shows a man who refuses to see how his actions keep shooting himself in the foot.
Rose’s apology rings hollow when he continues to associate with Vegas casinos, openly gambles, and now he openly associates with a sports book company that parts more fools with their money.
He will never get it.