Friday, January 9, 2004

Excerpts from Rose's book

On growing up in Cincinnati:

"Cincinnati was very conservative during the era of my youth, molded in the image of Proctor (sic) & Gamble, makers of Mr. Clean and Comet. When it came to entertainment, the Irish-Catholic and German population were very buttoned down. But the Sedamsville-Riverside part of town where I came from was just the opposite. It was loaded with saloons and nightclubs and chock-full of craps games, poker, roulette wheels, and blackjack tables. Most of the local men, like my dad, routinely bet the horses and occasionally shot craps over at the Glen Rendezvous or at one of the joints up on Price Hill. The saloons were the hub of social activity, both legal and illegal."

On baseball's punishment:

"My actions... call the integrity of the game into question. And there's no excuse for that, but there's also no reason to punish me forever.''

Gambling vs. other crimes and addictions:

"I was tired of defending my lifestyle as if I was the only gambler on the planet. I never raised a hand to either of my wives or any of my children. Yet there are wife-beaters in the Hall of Fame. I never drank, smoked, or used drugs. Yet there are addicts in the Hall of Fame.''

On his time in prison for tax evasion:

"The first night was the worst. I had plenty of time to reflect on my situation. I was lying on a scrawny little prison cot with plenty of time to think. I had been kicked out of baseball and I was serving time in federal prison. It was the lowest point of my life. I started thinking about how things got so bad ... and then all of a sudden, I just stopped worrying. I've never been one to dwell on the past and I figured any negative thinking would only hurt my chances for survival. ... I didn't feel that bad about the taxes because I didn't think I was really that guilty, but I was here to be made an example of. So I sucked it up and began to prepare myself for 5 months on the 'humiliation' diet."

After Rose's playing days were over:

"I didn't realize it at the time, but I was pushing toward disaster. A part of me was still looking for ways to recapture the high I got from winning batting titles and World Series championships. If I couldn't get the high from playing baseball, then I needed a substitute to keep from feeling depressed.''

On Bill Clinton:

"Now don't get me wrong; I'm not pointing my finger at Bill Clinton's finger-wagging performance on national television. I believed him when he proclaimed his innocence. Hell, I understood his dilemma. He did what every young man does when he gets caught with his hands in the cookie jar -- he denied it! It's called 'plausible deniability,' or so I'm told.''

On his escalating betting:

"Finally, the temptations got too strong and I began betting regularly on the sport I knew best -- baseball. This wasn't a no-account playoff bet on a couple of teams I had nothing to do with. I was betting on baseball while I was managing a major league ball club in the regular season.

"But, in all honesty, I no longer recognized the difference between one sport and another. I just looked at the games and thought, 'I'll take a dime on the Lakers...a dime on the Sixers...a dime on the Buckeyes...and a dime on the Reds.'

"I didn't even consider the consequences."

Why he didn't confess earlier:

"I am a product of my generation, where men took stock in discipline and hard work -- not wearing their hearts on their sleeves.

"I never talked one-on-one with any of my friends because I never felt the need. It's not that I didn't feel the emotions -- I just never learned how to express them. I'm just not built that way.

"Sure, there's probably some real emotion buried somewhere deep inside. And I'd probably be a better person if I learned to express the emotions.

"But you're not reading this book to be my therapist, and, frankly, there are places in all of us we just don't want to go. That's one for me. Let's move on.''

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