Out or Safe At Home?

Posted: January 6, 2004 in Everything

Pete Rose. Cheater? Maybe. Gambler? For sure! Charlie-hustler is back in the news. The entire sports nation is all ramped up about Pete’s confession that he bet on baseball. Is this news? Did we not all know that he bet on baseball? If he were innocent he would have fought Fay Vincent and the Dowd report 15 years ago. He didn’t. He knew he was guilty then. We all know he’s guilty now.

Did I mention that he owes Dowd an apology for 15 years of slanderous allegations of falsifying records? He also owes all of us who wasted an entire evening watching the Pete Rose mock trial starring Johnny Cochran on ESPN. That’s an hour and a half I’ll never get back.

Did I mention he owes reporter Jim Grey an apology for Pete’s ill-treatment of Grey at a World Series game (or All-Star game, I can’t remember) a few years ago when Pete was honored with some of the greats of the game? Sports fans went on ad nauseum about how “inappropriate” it was for Grey to ask Charlie-highstakes to admit his wrongdoings.

Well Pete’s come clean now! Oddly, just before today’s Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee announcements. Pete is hustling again! Only this time, he’s stealing the hall-of-fame spotlight from worthy honorees.

By the way, why has Dale Murphy not been inducted into the Hall of Fame. He played the game good and clean and with honor. He was everything Major League Baseball wants in a player–a two-time National League MVP! But still, no Hall of Fame.

I don’t think Pete Rose should EVER get to be in the Hall of Fame. And I think Dale Murphy should be inducted with much haste. Nevertheless, I don’t get to make that decision. In truth, I’m not qualified to make that decision. I only have my opinion (which, by the way, is extremely well informed).

Heaven is like that too. Luckily for all of us, I don’t get to make decisions on who’s in and who’s out. When confronted with issues like Pete Rose, I’m reminded of how narrow and unforgiving I can be. I’m sure that like Pete Rose I’ve called into question the integrity of the endeavor I consider most sacred–the salvation of my God.

It’s a good thing that Jesus died and lives for all us Charlie-hustlers. It’s the only way we will ever get in.

**P.S. Dale Murphy should be in the Hall.

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