ST. LOUIS — I have known Pete Rose most of my adult life. I worked in Lexington, Kentucky for six years. We covered the Reds on a regular basis, and I interviewed him about 20 times.
We were never friends, but he was good with the media. One time we did a three-part series at WLEX-TV on the Rose legacy. Pete had us in his home where we interviewed his then-wife Carol, his son, and later his first wife Karolyn.
I remember, vividly, right before we were going to shoot the interview with Carol, he stopped it and made her put on this diamond necklace he had just purchased.
I liked the way he talked about baseball. I loved his brutal honesty. His pre-game shows on the Reds Radio Network were appointment radio. Perhaps only Whitey Herzog was as candid. He spoke his mind and told you why he couldn’t play a certain player that night. I always thought he was the most truthful person to interview in the business.
That’s why the gambling thing was ironic. He spoke his mind honestly about the game, but he lied about his gambling for decades. The best thing a celebrity can do when they get in trouble is to apologize immediately. If…