PHILADELPHIA — Pete Rose avoided questions on Sunday during his first court appearance in Philadelphia since the Phillies canceled a ceremony honoring him in 2017 after a woman alleged she had sex with the king of hits when she was underage.
“That was 55 years ago, honey,” Rose replied. Philadelphia Inquisitor He wanted to ask her about it.
Rose, on the other hand, had no problem remembering the 1980 Phillies team that won the World Series 42 years ago.
Rose, 81, received a standing ovation from Phillies fans, many of whom were unborn or too young to remember their game days. He played at Citizens Bank Park for the first time since being banned for life from Major League Baseball in 1989.
“It warmed my heart,” Rose said of the welcome she received. I don’t want to say I was expecting it, but maybe I was expecting it from Phillies fans. They are like that. They love sports heroes.”
Rose’s already tarnished reputation was dealt another blow in 2017, when the Phillies planned to honor her on their Wall of Fame. A woman later accused Rose of sexual harassment. Before the game, Rose abruptly responded to a reporter’s question on the matter. She apologized personally after asking if she would forgive him if he offered her “1000 signed balls” after the ceremony.
But Rose was equally belligerent when the subject came up again after the pre-match ceremony.
“I’ll tell you another time: I’m here for the Phillies fans, I’m here for my teammates. OK? I’m here for the Phillies organization, and who cares what happened 50 years ago?” said Rose.
The woman, identified as Jane Doe in 2017, claimed that Rose had contacted her in 1973 when she was 14 or 15. They started having sex in Cincinnati and kept in touch for several years. She also claimed that Rose met her somewhere other than Ohio to have sex with her.
Rose’s lawyer claimed that the woman’s allegations were not confirmed.
Rose admitted to having an affair with the woman in 2017, but claimed she was 16 when it started. She also claimed that they had never had sex anywhere but Ohio, she said.
At the time, Rose was in her mid-30s, married and had two children.
Rose was one of many former Phillies members to be honored on Sunday, including Steve Carlton, Bob Boone, Greg Luzinski and Larry Bowa. Mike Schmidt had sent a video message that missed the celebrations due to the positive COVID-19 test.
“We saw each other several times each year. “It was special to see Pete back with us,” Boone said. When I go to Cooperstown (Baseball Hall of Fame) I always think it has to be there. You can write whatever you want, but he is the best player in league history. Add his name and tell what he did, was penalized, etc. You can write too.”
Last month, the Phillies defended their decision to invite Rose to the ceremony.
“When planning the 1980 meeting, we consulted about including Pete with his teammates,” the team said in a statement. Everyone wishes Pete was a part of the celebrations because without him they wouldn’t have won the trophy. Additionally, the team received permission from the commission’s office to invite Pete as a member of the champion team.”
The Phillies originally planned to honor the 1980 team two years ago, but the event was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rose hit 826 out of 4,256 in his five seasons with the Phillies from 1979 to 1983. The Phillies have said they have no immediate plans to add him to their Wall of Fame.
“Everybody would love to be on that Wall of Fame,” Rose said. I don’t know who made the decision, but God bless him. There must be a reason. I’m still here for the biggest event in Philadelphia in a long time. I’m talking to you here. In the end, everything balances out.”
Rose was banned for life from Major League Baseball following an investigation that determined he had bet the Cincinnati Reds, for which he was the team’s player and manager, between 1985 and 1987.
Rose asked Major League Baseball to end his lifetime ban.
“He also made mistakes and got in trouble, but here he is,” Boone said.