Yesterday, June 25th, 2016, Pete Rose entered the Hall of Fame.
Rose was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame yesterday with a ceremony before the Reds game against the Padres. Rose was the last of the stars on the “Big Red Machine” of the late 70s and 80s to be inducted into the Reds Hall, largely due to the off-field issues we all know about.
While addressing the sellout crowd, Rose made a jab at the MLB saying “Ever think I would make it? Nope… But I did!” obviously relating back to Rose’s ban from the Hall of Fame even though he is the all time hit king. (Yes, Pete Rose is the hit king. Not Ichiro.) Although cracking jabs and jokes, Rose also went on to tell how proud he was to be a part of the Reds Organization and thank all the fans for all of their support. The hit king also stated that this was the “biggest thing to ever happen to me in baseball” which is saying a lot considering the man played for 23 seasons and is the all time leader in: Hits, Games Played, At-Bats, Singles, and Outs. And did I mention he accomplished all of this while being a switch hitter?
As you watch the video below, you’ll see notice that Rose’s “Ever think I’d make it here?” line isn’t shown. That would be because Major League Baseball cut out that line from the video before posting it on their site. What a joke!
Yesterday was surely a great day for Pete Rose, one that may only be topped by an induction into the real Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.