After 26 years of the “Free Pete” campaign, we are pleased that the Cincinnati Reds and Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that Pete Rose will be inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. According to Mr. Rose, the Reds’ Hall of Fame has always been his first choice, and we agree. The Free Pete Company is declaring victory and will no longer need to sell “Free Pete” merchandise.
As with any workplace issue, even the most serious, a 26 year sentence is simply beyond any reasonable form of punishment. As Mr. Rose commented, “I’ve never murdered a soul.”