Pete Rose, the baseball legend whose love of gambling annihilated his legacy, has been trying for years to stay in the public eye. It hasn’t been pretty, but when you want to become enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame, dignity becomes irrelevant.
For example, in Joe Posnanski’s “The Machine,” the author profiles Rose signing “apology balls” at a Las Vegas sports store.
So I guess starring in a TLC reality show is a step up.
According to Philly.com, “Pete Rose: Hits and Mrs.” will finally premiere January 14th. Episodes centered on Rose and his fiancee, former Playboy model Kiana Kim, were filmed earlier this year. What is this show about?
A TLC announcement says the couple [is] happily engaged, but that their families each have reservations about their upcoming nuptials. To make things more complicated, they live in separate cities. Kim lives in Los Angeles with her two children and Charlie Hustle [Pete’s famous nickname] lives in Las Vegas.
Pete, I’m begging you. You were one of my childhood heroes. Just stop. Make us miss you. Make us remember your head first slides and aggressive play, not this never-ending quest to stay relevant. Not using the apology for gambling as a quick fix to restoring your baseball immortality. Just stop. Right now.