I won't be watching Pete Rose's interview with Dennis Miller tonight, but I was listening on Cincinnati sports radio tonight that, in the midst of admonishing today's players for steroids, he claimed that if steroids were prevalent back in his day, he would've had 5,000 hits (the announcers, Reds guys through and through, commented that it would be more like "5,200 or 5,300").
I don't know where Pete's pronouncement comes down on the long list of stupid things he's said, but it's got to be near the top.
1) He's basically saying "I would've cheated too!"
2) He thinks he'd average about 35 more hits/year just from having steroids, even though there doesn't seem to be much proof that steroids makes you a better hitter (and he was already pretty good).
3) Or maybe he thought his career would last longer? It was already one of longest in major league history, and there was that little bit of nastiness that ended it (don't forget the bumping of the umpire as well as the gambling).
4) If steroids were prevalent AND it helps you play better (again, something that hasn't been proved), wouldn't there be a pitcher or two who might get him out? Or a defender who got into the hole a little quicker?
Last but not least, HE GAMBLED ON BASEBALL!!! He has absolutely no moral high ground whatsoever. When will this guy learn to keep his mouth shut?
I'm ashamed I ever liked the guy, even though I had the excuse at the time of just being a stupid kid.