Read this (from today’s Times) and ask the following questions:

1. How stupid is Pete Rose?
2. Why should MLB spend more than two nanoseconds considering this guy for reinstatement?

Nowhere in the story does it say that Rose is speaking about the possible negatives associated with gambling, about how it has adversely affected his life. His visit to Foxwoods is a money grab, simply put. He has to be all-time stupid (is there a Hall of Fame for that?) to not see how this would negatively impact his reinstatement bid. As far as I am concerned, that’s just fine – keep on keepin’ on, Pete, and stay the hell away from Cooperstown.

Rose said that when he went to the James Toney-Evander Holyfield fight at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas last October, it was the only time he had been to a casino when he was not paid for speaking or signing autographs. “As a retired player who does corporate appearances and memorabilia shows, who pays the best in this country? Casinos,” Rose said on Jan. 9. “I don’t care if it’s Foxwoods, Tunica, Biloxi, Atlantic City or Las Vegas. Every time I go there, I’m getting a check.”

MacDonald would not reveal how much Rose was being paid for the meet-and-greet event, citing Foxwoods’s policy of protecting the privacy of entertainers and athletes with whom it has agreements. MacDonald said the casino purchased several hundred copies of Rose’s book and that the selected gamblers would receive a signed book and the chance to mingle with Rose.

“Pete should be good,” MacDonald said. “He’s an entertaining speaker and I think people will enjoy him.”

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