Growing up, my childhood baseball hero was Pete Rose. In addition to his amazing ability to consistently hit solid base hits, I was particularly mesmerized by his all-out style of play. No matter what he was doing, swinging the bat, guarding the plate, or stealing a base, Pete Rose played to win. He gave 100 percent of his effort to every game, wowed millions of adoring fans along the way, and earned the nickname, “Charlie Hustle.”
Then, just like that, everything changed.
When the story broke that Rose committed the unpardonable sin in baseball—betting on games his team played—the sports world was stunned.… Read the rest