Pete Rose dismisses statutory rape questions at Phillies bash

Pete Rose dismissed questions Sunday about his first look on the sphere in Philadelphia for the reason that franchise scrapped plans in 2017 to honor him due to a girl’s allegation that baseball’s hit king had intercourse along with her when she was a minor.

“It was 55 years ago, babe,” Rose instructed a feminine baseball author for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Rose, 81, declined to reply every other questions within the dugout moments after a workforce photograph within the outfield meant to have a good time the Phillies’ 1980 World Collection championship workforce and different former gamers. The unique 1980 anniversary celebration was postponed for 2 seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The reporter tweeted later Sunday that, after the ceremony, Rose requested her if he had offended her and supplied to “sign 1,000 baseballs” for forgiveness earlier than finally saying he was “sorry.”

Rose additionally blew off one other query from The Related Press after the ceremony in regards to the allegation and his remark earlier within the day.

“Who cares what happened 50 years ago?” Rose stated, in keeping with the Inquirer. “You weren’t even born. So you shouldn’t be talking about it, because you weren’t born. If you don’t know a damn thing about it, don’t talk about it.”

Rose made his first look on the taking part in discipline in Philadelphia since receiving a lifetime ban from Main League Baseball in August 1989. He agreed to the ban after an investigation for MLB by lawyer John Dowd discovered that Rose positioned quite a few bets on the Cincinnati Reds to win from 1985 to 1987 whereas he was taking part in for and managing the workforce.

After initially getting booed evenly, Rose acquired a standing ovation from Phillies followers — many not alive or too younger to recollect baseball’s hit king in his prime — when he walked onto the Residents Financial institution Park discipline Sunday.

“They made me feel real good today,” Rose said of the cheers. “I do not wish to say I anticipated it. I assume I did anticipate it from Philly followers. That is the best way they’re. They love their sports activities heroes.”

Rose was amongst many former nice Phillies — together with Corridor of Famer Steve Carlton, and fellow World Collection champions Bob Boone, Greg Luzinski and Larry Bowa — honored for the 1980 workforce. Mike Schmidt despatched a videotaped message and missed the alumni day festivities as a result of he examined constructive for COVID-19.

“We’ve been doing it for a while, coming back every year, and to mix Pete in, I thought, was very special,” Boone said. “Once I go to [Cooperstown], I at all times thought he ought to be there. You possibly can write something there, however he was the best hitter within the league. Put his title up and put he did this, received punished for no matter.”

The lady, recognized as Jane Doe in 2017, stated Rose known as her in 1973, when she was 14 or 15, they usually had sexual encounters in Cincinnati that lasted a number of years. She additionally alleged Rose met her in areas outdoors Ohio for intercourse.

Rose’s lawyer had stated the girl’s claims are unverified.

Rose acknowledged in 2017 that he did have a relationship with the girl, however he stated it began when she was 16. He additionally stated they by no means had intercourse outdoors Ohio.

On the time, Rose was in his mid-30s and was married with two youngsters.

The Phillies have been going to induct Rose into their Wall of Fame in an on-field ceremony. That ceremony was canceled, and there have been no different plans to have a good time Rose till this season. He was set to be launched on the sphere earlier than Sunday’s recreation alongside many former teammates from the 1980 title workforce.

Final month, the Phillies defended the choice to ask Rose to take part within the ceremony.

“In planning the 1980 reunion, we consulted with Pete’s teammates about his inclusion,” the Phillies stated in a press release. “Everyone wants Pete to be part of the festivities since there would be no trophy in 1980 without him. In addition, the club received permission from the Commissioner’s Office to invite Pete as a member of the championship team.”

A 17-time All-Star, Rose received 826 of his 4,256 hits throughout his 5 years taking part in for the Phillies from 1979 to 1983.

Rose has requested MLB to finish his lifetime ban.

The Related Press contributed to this report.