Fans flock to Baton Rouge to see Pete Rose

Lagniappe Sports
Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 12:10am

It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for baseball fans like Jeremy Neyland.

"You don't get a chance to see stars like him very often. I had to come see Pete," Neyland said.

Fans from across the state bolted for the capital city Monday to get an autograph, a quick picture and meet the one and only Pete Rose

“We just like Pete Rose. He would just step up and hit it out the park. He set a lot of records and still holds a lot of them,” Bernard Warner said after driving from New Orleans to meet Rose.

“The dude has heart. He would run against the wall, or dive, he was just a hardnosed player,” Neyland added.

Also known as Charlie Hustle, Rose still holds many spots in the baseball’s record book.

“People still look up to him as one of the greatest baseball players ever,” Warner said.

But betting on baseball has the “Hit King” banned from the game and from the MLB Hall of Fame.

“I don’t talk about it much. All I hear is that you should be in,” Rose said.

Those who met him Monday thought the same.

“He's a guy that should be in there. I coached little league sports for 13 years and his name came up around the ball park more than anything,” said Warner.

The Hall of Fame is for baseball numbers, not outside things. Let Pete Rose in,” added Neyland

“I made some mistakes. It's my fault and I can’t blame anyone else. I just continue to be a good ambassador for the game of baseball and hopefully one day I will get a second chance. I don’t worry about it, if it happens I will be the happiest guy in the world, but don't think that I go to bed every night hoping to get in. I go to bed every night hoping I wake up the next morning,” said Rose.

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