Hit king Pete Rose says the following in a clip on ESPN.com culled from an interview for ESPN2's "Outside the Lines" about the 25th anniversary of his banishment from baseball:
"I've been led to believe America is a forgiving country, and if you do the right things – keep your nose clean, be a good citizen, pay your taxes, do all the things you're supposed to do – eventually you'll get a second chance."
Rose is hoping for that "second chance" from newly elected baseball commissioner Rob Manfred.
Rose has been banned from organized baseball since Aug. 24, 1989, for gambling.
Manfred was elected by the Major League Baseball owners last Thursday.
He takes office in January, following two decades of rule by Bud Selig.
The hope among many baseball fans is that either Selig, going out the door, or Manfred, coming in, will pardon Rose, and begin a healing process for baseball.
The attitude among many observers is that Rose has served his time.
If Selig wanted Rose's banishment to serve as a deterrent for those inside the game who were thinking about betting on it, Selig got it – a quarter of a century's worth.
Rose, when asked by interviewer Jeremy Schaap to role-play his pitch to the commissioner for reinstatement, said this:
"I wish some way in your heart you'd find an opportunity to give me a chance, a second chance, because if you don't, I'm still going to sell baseball like no one else you have working in the game. That's just the way I am; that's my passion for the game. Whatever you do, I understand, I accept, because you're the boss. And if that's not enough (Rose breaks into a grin), I'll arm-wrestle you right now."
The show that contains the full Rose and Selig interviews that was promised in a press release to air at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, didn't air, at least not at that time, either on ESPN2 nor ESPN, which then moved into evening coverage of a major league baseball game and the Little League World Series, respectively.
No explanation was given on the website.
More details about the show's broadcast are expected Thursday.
"For anybody listening out there that has a skeleton in the closet, get it quickly as you possibly can," Rose tells Schaap.
"Because as soon as you get it out, the healing starts; the process starts."
Selig comes to Cincinnati on Friday for the dedication of the Procter & Gamble Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy in Roselawn.
John Erardi writes for The Cincinnati Enquirer.