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BeautifulBrunette wrote:The flawed argument of a double standard always arises during a debate about Pete Rose. You know, "Darryl Strawberry...Steve Howe… drug dealers…wife beaters...rapists… why can't Pete get a second chance when these guys have been given so many chances?"
This is bogus logic. Nothing in baseball's rulebook says a player caught snorting coke, smoking pot or beating up his wife will be banished for life. This isn't about the laws of society. Rose was banned because he violated a rule posted on every clubhouse wall in major league baseball: anyone betting on the game will be banned for life. It leaves no room for interpretation and there's no fine print at the bottom, listing possible exceptions.
Pete's pride/stubbornness/arrogance will not allow him to admit guilt or remorse or apologize for betting on baseball, including games played by the Reds, the team he was managing at the time (how some folks think that's no problem is beyond me). He has done nothing to demonstrate to the powers-that-be that he is attempting to overcome his gambling problem. That's up to him. But then, baseball can't be blamed for refusing to reinstate him. Pete "can't do nothing" and expect reinstatement.
By betting on games in which he had a hand in the outcome, Pete compromised the integrity and credibility of the game.
benjapage wrote:"I even took the Lord's name in vein"
whoa. shooting up on blasphemy? i didn't know that you could do it that way. did you get a more intense buzz? you junky.
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