The Phillies will not enshrine Pete Rose on the team’s wall of fame at Citizens Bank Ballpark this weekend, canceling the ceremony honoring baseball’s all-time hits leader only days before it was scheduled to take place.
The team’s announcement was prefaced with “Due to recent events бн,” an apparent reference to news this week, via court documents in Ohio, that Rose acknowledged having sex with a female who was younger than 16, though the former MLB star and manager claimed to believe she was of legal age at the time of the extramarital affair in the 1970s while he was with the Reds.
“Due to recent events, the Phillies and Pete Rose have decided Pete will not participate the Phillies Alumni Weekend festivities at Citizens Bank Ballpark,” the team said in a statement.
The Chicago Cubs are giving Steve Bartman a 2016 World Series ring. What a classy move. Hopefully he comes back to beautiful Wrigley Field.
Those are kind words for a man who had to be escorted out of Wrigley Field by security as fans pelted him with beer and debris (Bartman later had police protection outside his home). ESPN detailed Bartman’s traumatic post-incident saga in the 2011 30 For 30 film, “Catching Hell.”
Cubs fans’ attitudes toward Bartman have softened in recent years. It probably helped that the Cubs snapped their 108-year World Series championship drought last season. Some fans suggested Bartman be invited to throw out the first pitch at a World Series game last year, or be allowed to participate in the Cubs victory parade. (Bartman has steadfastly refused to be interviewed or otherwise capitalize on that 2003 incident.)
In a statement Monday, Bartman thanked the Cubs organization US Cheap Jerseys Club and fans for the ring, noting, “I am relieved and hopeful that the saga of the 2003 foul Texans Cheap Jerseys ball incident surrounding my family and me is finally over.”