Pete Rose may have been a great baseball player, but he's still an insufferable ass.
To recap: contrary to popular myth making, Rose's takeout of Ray Fosse in the 1970 ASG did not end his career. At the time of the collision, Fosse was only 23 years old and in his sophomore year with the Indians. He was on the AL All-Star squad due to his hot start in the '70 season: 16 HRs at the break, a power-hitting catcher with an unlimited future. While the blow didn't end his career - he played 9 more seasons in the majors, and the career-wrecking injury was actually a neck injury he sustained in 1974 breaking up a clubhouse fight between Reggie Jackson and Billy North - he lost his power swing due to the serious shoulder injury from the Rose collision. He never hit more than 12 HRs in a season post-Rose.
Could he have been one of the best offensive catchers of his time? Possibly. But one thing is for certain: With two World Series rings on a dynastic Oakland A's franchise, two Gold Gloves, and two ASG appearances it didn't take a lout like Pete Rose to make him famous. Rose simply made him notorious for being the recipient of a massive body blow in a game that didn't count.
This video is a couple of years old, but I doubt Rose's viewpoint has changed much. In it, he's telling his fuckwitty acolytes (the gales of laughter are truly repulsive) that he, Pete Rose, made Ray Fosse famous.
Pete Rose Insults Ray Fosse in Cooperstown 2007 (via pauldyer33)
One would think that after almost 40 years some graciousness might creep into the dialogue. One would be wrong.