Now that the fervor and excitement has ebbed somewhat about Cincinnati hosting the 2015 All-Star Game, it's time to deal with one of the issues that has been a constant source of controversy within the regime of Commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball. Everyone knows what this is about. It's about Peter Edward Rose.
The question has been raised if the Lords of Baseball will allow Pete Rose to participate in any pregame festivities, since his ban would preclude him from being invited. But this needs to go further. It's time to resolve this issue. It's gone on long enough.
Reds owner Bob Castellini has gone the extra mile with Selig and MLB. The Reds hosted back to back Civil Rights games that resulted in sellouts, goodwill and apparently pleased Selig. It was good for baseball, good for the Reds and a step forward. Further, the Reds' involvement in the community, spearheaded by Castellini, exemplifies how a professional sports franchise should interact and give back to its city/region.
If Bud Selig is still the Commissioner in 2015, here's what he should do:
As the buildup for the All-Star Game begins in 2015, MLB and Selig should avoid the Rose issue. Then, two weeks before the game (or more important, the week-long festivities) Selig should issue a statement that he will make an "important" announcement regarding the status of Pete Rose on the field of Great American Ballpark just prior to the start of the game.
In this age of instant sports coverage, The Worldwide Leader and Oprah Winfrey replacing Walter Cronkite in terms of breaking news, this simple announcement will dominate the sports world for two weeks leading up to the game. The buildup would be unprecedented, at least for a sport that could learn a few things from the NFL. Baseball would dominate the sports news. All eyes would be focused on the All-Star Game and the City of Cincinnati.
The night of the game, shortly before the National Anthem, Bud Selig would take the field. Standing before a sellout crowd at Great American Ballpark and a massive nationwide audience on television, Selig would introduce seven of "the Great Eight" starting players for the Big Red Machine, to honor what has been judged one of the best teams in baseball history.
Cesar Geronimo. Ken Griffey. Dave Concepcion. All attention would be focused on Selig and Great American Ballpark. All the fans would be on their feet.
George Foster. Joe Morgan. The noise would start to be deafening. GAB's scoreboard would be showing highlights of the Great Eight and the World Series triumphs over the Red Sox and the Yankees.
Ending the Pete Rose – Bud Selig Stalemate
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