Next June, the Reds are going to have another glorious Pete Rose celebration at Great American Ballpark:
On the heels of his induction into the Reds’ Hall of Fame this past summer, all-time hits leader Pete Rose will receive another honor next year. The Reds announced on Thursday that a statue of Rose will be unveiled and dedicated outside of Great American Ball Park on June 17, before the Reds play the Dodgers.
Local artist Tom Tsuchiya was again commissioned as sculptor of a Reds statue. Tsuchiya created the three previous statues of honor for Big Red Machine members Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Perez. He also sculpted the four original statues on Crosley Terrace of Joe Nuxhall, Frank Robinson, Ernie Lombardi and Ted Kluszewski.
The statue will be Pete in a headfirst slide. Could it have been anything else?
I know half of you are sick of Pete, and I get that. I have my own thoughts about Pete, which I shared last summer. I even had a little fun with our buddy Doug on this subject earlier this week (see below), but I can’t argue with any opinion held by anyone about Pete Rose (including Doug’s opinion).
Except this one: we all need to agree that Rose was completely entertaining as a studio analyst on the Fox post-season broadcasts. If you didn’t enjoy his schtick, well…you’re just wrong. Says me.