I Bet I Know Who Won’t Be Reinstated

"I bet on my team to win every night because I love my team, I believe in my team," Rose said. "I did everything in my power every night to win that game."

Does Pete Rose actually think admitting that he bet on his team every night is going to help his cause with either Bud Selig or, God forbid he is ever reinstated, the HoF committee?  First of all, this boast is implausible.  No inveterate gambler bets this way: their addiction is to thrill of the gamble, of playing the odds, of speculation for reward. Rose, in my opinion, has to be lying here.  And secondly, even if this were true (which it can’t possibly be!), how can he believe that betting on his own squad every night lessens the severity of his violation of the integrity of baseball? 

This guy is still deluded, still sick.

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  • Dave Pinto notes on baseball musings that one of the accusations has been that Rose’s betting patterns gave bookies an edge; he says that Rose was accused of betting on the Reds when he thought they’d win, so whenever he didn’t put any money down the bookies knew he lacked confidence. Betting on the team every night without exception would seem to make that criticism moot. But yeah…he’s nuts if he thinks this is going to help.

    desturbd1 March 14, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Clearly the “I did it EVERY game” deal is supposed to be exculpatory, as the idea is that if he didn’t do it every night, he might have managed differently, or alerted the bookies, or whatever. In any event it’s sordid, and he’s lied so often, it’s hard to believe a word he utters. It’s just a horrible, pathetic story.

    YF March 14, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • ” It’s just a horrible, pathetic story.”
    And, as someone who grew up during the glory days of the “big red machine”, incredibly sad.

    Andrews March 14, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • But why would betting every night on your own team necessarily mean anything about Rose’s “integrity” as a bettor, or as a manager? Just betting on the game would, by default, impact how he managed, whether it was on his team or not. And if he was betting on them to win, I can think of numerous ways that he might have managed in order to win his bet, to the detriment of the team, or at the expense of player health (say, bringing pitchers back too quickly to ensure a win). So SO WHAT if he bet on his own team? It’s completely irrelevant. This “admission” by Rose only serves to show how sick and ethically bankrupt the man is, at least with regards to his baseball past.

    SF March 14, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • FOR someone who…..
    Shouldn’t have had that last glass of red…

    Andrews March 14, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Rose continues to dig his own metaphorical grave. He didn’t get it before, he doesn’t get it now, and my bet is he won’t get it any tiime in the future. Kind of a shame, but its been a long time and I’m pretty much over it now.

    mattymatty March 14, 2007, 11:41 pm
  • That’s the kind of lie one only makes when they bet against their own team.

    walein March 15, 2007, 1:36 am
  • Wait, did he bet on his team to win every night, or bet on his team every night? Wouldn’t the spread mean that if he bet on his team every night, then some times he would actually be betting on them just to be the spread, not actually win the game?
    Just curious, I actually haven’t ever bet on baseball or even looked in to it, oddly, since it’s the game I watch the most, but I have bet on football.

    LocklandSF March 15, 2007, 12:25 pm
  • On a lighter note.
    Any SFs see that NESN ad where the Jordan’s Furniture guy says that if the Red Sox win the world series, any furniture you bought between March and April is free?
    Doesn’t that mean that Jordan’s is betting against the Sox?
    The exact deal:
    “Consumers purchasing a mattress, dining table, sofa, or bed at a Jordan’s store location between March 7, 2007 and April 16, 2007 will receive a rebate of the purchase price paid for the Deal Merchandise if (but only if) the Boston Red Sox® win the 2007 Major League Baseball World Series®.”
    How unscrupulous. It should be, if the Yankees don’t win the World Series, we get free furniture. Any Sox fan can get behind that deal.

    Kazz March 15, 2007, 12:26 pm
  • The company got insurance (apparently the rate of which is not up for public discussion) in case the Sox win it all.

    Devine March 15, 2007, 12:38 pm
  • I wouldn’t invest in any furniture Sox fans.

    Triskaidekaphobia March 15, 2007, 12:45 pm
  • *blows loud raspberry at Trisk*

    Devine March 15, 2007, 12:47 pm
  • Ok Ok maybe some snack tables? LOL

    Triskaidekaphobia March 15, 2007, 12:56 pm
  • FWIW, Newsday quotes the guy who did the investigation into Rose’s gambling as saying that Rose *gasp* is lying!

    Paul SF March 15, 2007, 2:00 pm
  • Rose’s statements are pretty typical of his kind of narcissism. It’s in his pathology to come up with some kind of rationalization (albeit a ridiculous one) that excuses his bad behavior and character.

    walein March 15, 2007, 2:07 pm
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    ma396zda April 21, 2008, 9:03 am

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