This is an open letter to Pete Rose.
Why even try Pete Rose? No matter how much you apologize, the media will never forgive you. You see, Pete, you have committed a sin. Never mind that the sin you committed didn't hurt anyone. You sinned against that great establishment which is baseball.
The media can forgive the greedy players that caused the strike in 1994. The media can forgive all the drug addicts that have been given numerous chances by baseball, but Pete, they can't forgive you. You see, Pete, you committed the worst sin. You bet on baseball. In an age where money is gambled every day on sporting events such as the NCAA men's tournament, NBA basketball, pro football and, yes, baseball, you committed a sin.
So Pete, give it all back. Let Ty Cobb have his hits record back, forget your three World Series championships, forget you hold the National League record 44-game hit streak, forget all your all-star games, forget all your accomplishments on the basball field because it's not enough to get you in the Hall of Fame. You committed a horrible sin, Pete Rose, a sin that can't be forgiven by the media who want to play the role of God.