Edited 3:21 pm PST 5/30
Hey Commish are you listening, here's comes Cincy! Ahem.... Were back!
Somehow I feel southern Ohio, is not on your radar, you know, us folk nestled in the Ohio River valley, the birthplace of MLB, and the birthplace of that elephant in the room that you have successfully stashed away seemingly for the next Commish: One Mr Peter Edward Rose. When players like Hank Aaaron and Mike Schmidt come out and verbally endorse Pete's reinstatement, isn't that saying something Bud? Yes, he denied for 14 years, yes he introduced a book to come clean. But we are not asking for a managerial position here, just the chance to help undo the "Pete Rose" rule, that the Hall has imposed: not letting anyone on the ballot who is banned. The man hustled like no other, between the white lines, and you refuse to recognize that! I have never heard you once, talk to Pete's playing days, or what he brought to the game. We understand your not a Reds fan, but a large part of the baseball community, an honorable part, is screaming for your consideration, and you seemed to have turned a deaf ear. You will let known Steroid users back into baseball, but not someone who played the game like no other? You really just don't like Pete commish do you? Well thats sad cause your personal feelings have gotten in the way! Check your personal baggage at the door Bud, this is bigger than you and Pete!
Quick Sidebar: Steroids Cheaters or Pete: Gene Wojciechowski, ESPN.com " Mark Mcgwire is back in But Pete Rose is still out? MLB continues its streak of hypocrisy!" I'll leave this one to the best article I read on the subject: http://bit.ly/dnQvnU
Bud we may not like you for your whacked decision to let the Allstar game end in a tie,but we respect your love of the game. All you did by making that decision was to cause a growing disinterest in the "exhibition gamer" that by putting your "Winner gets Homefield in the WS" tag on it, has given an Exhibition game way to much influence. What guy, that comes from a team that does not regularly compete in the post season, cares about homefield during the series? How can you put such a valuable advantage on a meaningless exhibition game? Even your home run contest is dwindling in interest. You have no more Pete Rose's running through Fosse to WIN, its as bad as the NBA offensive exhibition. Heck,now days a catcher would Ole' a runner if he was charging at him during the all-exhibition game. Bud I'm just saying you have built a negative persona, we try to like you, but its hard.
We respect your position but will never stop asking you to look at Pete situation. Commish, this is not for Pete apologist, this is for all if us out here that believe that this saga must to come to an end. Ask the Honorable Voice and keeper of the Game; Henry Aaron how he feels. Bart Giammati was a fine man, who painstakingly took the steps he had to when banning Pete, but in doing so guaranteeing a relook for Pete, you on the other hand continue to stall. Why? If its a "no" forever under your reign, just tell us. At least we will know where you stand. One things for sure you don't mind things ending in a tie, you've done it before. And this one is ending not won, not lost, but in limbo, kinda like your tie. Not again commish, say it aint so? Ah yes Shoeless Joe, RIP, another guy, who in death is still waiting, will Pete be years into death before you look into this? Be decisive Bud, No Ties!