Sadly, being banned for life from baseball makes you among the most famous athletes in history.
So does a second-place in the “How long have you been kicked-out of baseball derby.”
Pete Rose is suspended for life. Now Alex Rodriguez is presumably out for 200 games.
Three years after retiring as a player, Rose was banned for life for betting on baseball. Ever since then, the all-time hits leader, with 4,256, has been one of the most famous baseball personalities ever. He makes his living signing Pete Rose memorabilia and making public appearances that are not officially associated with Major League Baseball.
I believe he’ll be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame immediately upon his death, but until then, he’s out. Remember, it’s a lifetime ban.
And now Alex Rodriguez has the second-longest banishment ever-given.
Sadly, he bet on the system – and the system won. He’s not alone in cheating the game, but he’s alone as the only performance-enhancing drug-user who’s been kicked out of the game for this long.
I don’t think he’ll see the same welcoming public that Rose has.
As Bob Costas has asked in so many words, “Who has hurt the game more, Rose or A-Rod?”
It’s not as if baseball fans didn’t already know who A-Rod is, now the non-baseball fans know about him, probably more so than the game’s good guys. The same can be said for Lance Armstrong in cycling. And what sport did O.J. Simpson play?
Anyway, back to my original point. This reminds me of the old-time actor who said “any publicity is good publicity.” Riiiight. Unless you’re a cheater, killer or otherwise embarrassment to society.