Friday, January 9, 2004


By Howard Wilkinson
The Cincinnati Enquirer

For 322 pages Pete Rose passes around plenty of blame for his precipitous fall from grace. He blames a chemical deficiency in his brain, attention deficit disorder, double-crossing baseball executives, a host of media sharks. And just a bit of blame for himself.

Rose goes out of his way to make it clear he is not the only sinner in the world. He says that keeping him out of the game he loves and away from the Hall of Fame is punishment that far outweighs the crime.

He claims he suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Oppositional Defiant Behavior, a condition that he says makes him the kind of fighter who goes toe-to-toe with Major League Baseball.

Rose himself tells of his "risk-craving'' and "sensation-seeking'' behavior as explanation for his compulsive gambling.

The book isn't all excuses. It is, like Rose himself, a sometimes charming, often belligerent, and frequently funny memoir of the life of a Cincinnati "river rat.'' And, of course, he writes of the glory days of the Big Red Machine.

But in the end, Rose is anything but contrite. "I am a product of my generation ... not wearing their hearts on their sleeves."

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