Baseball Prospectus: Pete Rose, Perpetual Pitchman →
I’ve got a piece up today at Baseball Prospectus investigating what is perhaps the most important news of the day (steroids? what are steroids?): Pete Rose’s long history of weird, weird advertisements.
“During and after Rose’s peak, he’d sell anything possible, lending his name, face, and pageboy cut to anyone who would take him. Rose started out hawking men’s suits with Johnny Bench and has seemingly touched every American corporation along the way, including energy bars, board games, chili, and auto repair. He even came close to signing a deal with an online bookmaker in 2005 before realizing, oh wait, this is a terrible idea.
And if you’re into humiliation, Rose has no problem selling his pride or dignity, too—you can buy a signed baseball on which Rose has confessed to gambling or you can watch his new reality series, Pete Rose Hits & Mrs., an already endangered show that, as Will Leitch has pointed out, is mostly about Rose staring at breasts.
There are just so many choices. And Rose just sold so many things.”
So, if you’d like to see the whole thing, including a progression of Rose’s hair as it goes from bowl to helmet and an image of Pete Rose in his underwear, click through now.