Pete Rose talks Trump, Baseball Hall of Fame in exclusive interview


STUART: YOU SAW HIM WALKING DOWN THE CORRIDOR THERE. THE MAN’S ARRIVED. PETE ROSE, THE MAN HIMSELF, IS WITH US ON THE SET SITTING RIGHT NEXT TO ME. I SHOULD TELL YOU HE IS AUTHOR OF THE NEW BOOK, GREAT BOOK, “PLAY HUNGRY, THE MAKING OF A BASEBALL PLAYER.” THERE YOU HAVE IT. HE BROUGHT A FREE COPY FOR ME WHICH I HOPE HE WILL AUTOGRAPH SO THAT I CAN SELL IT FOR A SMALL FORTUNE.>>NO AUTOGRAPHS TODAY. JUST KIDDING. STUART: I WILL PAY YOU. LOOK, I CAME TO AMERICA IN 1970s. BUT I REMEMBER YOU. I REMEMBER YOU VERY WELL.>>GOOD DECADE. STUART: I REMEMBER YOU AS THE MOST AGGRESSIVE COMPETITOR IN THE ENTIRE GAME. THAT’S WHAT YOU WERE.>>THAT’S WHY IT’S PLAY HUNGRY. I PLAYED HUNGRY AND AGGRESSIVELY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, I PLAYED TO WIN. STUART: YEAH.>>KIDS GOT TO UNDERSTAND THE ONLY REASON YOU PLAY SPORTS TODAY IS TO WIN. IT’S MORE FUN. EVERYBODY HAS MORE FUN WHEN YOU WIN. AM I RIGHT ABOUT THAT? STUART: ABSOLUTELY. THIS SHOW IS A WINNER, BY THE WAY. THE MOST WATCHED NEWS PROGRAM IN AMERICA.>>I BELIEVE THAT. IF YOU CAN GET AN “A” OR “D,” WHAT DO YOU WANT TO GET? IF YOU CAN WIN OR LOSE, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO? WIN. IT’S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE. WE MAKE IT ROCKET SCIENCE TODAY. STUART: YOU WOULD SLIDE INTO BASES, WOULDN’T YOU?>>HEAD FIRST. I SLID WHEN I DIDN’T HAVE TO SLIDE. TRYING TO GET YOUR PICTURE IN THE PAPER, MAN. ONLY WAY TO DO THAT IS TO SLIDE HEAD FIRST. STUART: IS THAT RIGHT?>>YEAH. EASIEST WAY. YOU ALWAYS GOT YOUR PICTURE IN THE PAPER. STUART: YOU WANTED TO STAND OUT, YOU WANTED TO WIN AND LEAVE THAT WAY.>>WELL, I WAS PRETTY LUCKY BECAUSE I GOT TO PLAY IN MY HOMETOWN. I WAS BORN THREE MILES FROM THE BALLPARK IN CINCINNATI. SO EVERY NIGHT I PLAYED I FELT LIKE I HAD ICED TEA WITH EVERYBODY THAT’S IN THE AUDIENCE. WHEN YOU ARE UNDER SCRUTINY LIKE THAT, ESPECIALLY MY DAD WAS THERE, THE WHOLE FOCUS ABOUT MY DAD, WHEN YOU GOT A DAD THAT’S ANALYZING ME THE WAY HE DID AT THE GAMES, YOU GOT TO PLAY HARD. YOU GOT TO PLAY TO WIN OR HE WILL BE WAITING OUTSIDE FOR YOU. STUART: HE WAS THERE AT EVERY GAME?>>EVERY GAME. STUART: ALWAYS THERE?>>NEVER STAYED INTO THE GAME, HE WAS A BANKER. WORKED AT FIFTH THIRD UNION TRUST COMPANY. CAN I GIVE A QUICK STORY? STUART: PLEASE DO.>>I COME OUT ONE TIME, I’M A BATTING CHAMPION, ’68-69 SO PRETTY MUCH A STAR IN THE LEAGUE. IN 1970 I COME OUT AND MY DAD’S STANDING BY THE CAR, SO RIGHT AWAY I THINK MY MOM’S SICK. THIS IS THE WAY I WAS RAISED, OKAY. I SAID IS MOM SICK. HE SAID I GOT A QUESTION FOR YOU. HE SAID TONIGHT THAT THIRD TIME UP WHEN YOU WERE BATTING AND YOU HIT A GROUND BALL TO SECOND THERE WAS A MAN ON THIRD, HE SAID DID YOU RUN HARD TO FIRST? I HAD TO THINK ABOUT IT AND I DIDN’T BECAUSE I WAS MAD BECAUSE I DIDN’T HIT THE BALL HARDER. I SAID NO, I GUESS I DIDN’T. HE SAID DON’T EMBARRASS ME IN THIS TOWN LIKE THAT. WHEN YOU HIT THE BALL, YOU RUN UNTIL THE UMPIRE SAYS OUT OR SAFE. HE SAID I’LL SEE YOU TOMORROW. I SAID OKAY. I HAVE NEVER NOT RUN A BALL OUT SINCE THEN. I EVEN RUN DOWN THE CORRIDOR TO GET HERE. DON’T STOP RUNNING. HE WOULD KICK MY BUTT. STUART: LET’S FAST FORWARD TO THE PRESENT, IF WE MAY. YOU AN ANGRY GUY? YOU’RE NOT IN THE HALL OF FAME.>>NO, I’M NOT ANGRY. STUART: I’M NOT GOING TO RAISE ALL THAT ALL OVER AGAIN. ARE YOU ANGRY?>>NO. WHY WOULD I BE ANGRY? I’M THE ONE THAT SCREWED UP. I’M NOT GOING TO GET ON YOUR SHOW AND COMPLAIN ABOUT NOT BEING IN COOPERSTOWN BUT I’M THE ONE THAT MESSED UP. I’M WILLING TO GO ON WITH IT. STUART: IS THERE A FULL CONFESSION –>>YES. STUART: — WHAT YOU DID?>>THAT WAS IN THE LAST BOOK I DID. WHETHER I BET ON BASEBALL OR NOT IS OLD NEWS. I KNOW YOU DON’T LIKE TO REPORT OLD NEWS. LET’S GET TO SOMETHING PRESENT. STUART: OKAY. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF TRUMP? GO ON. DON’T SLIDE HEAD FIRST.>>I’M A DONALD TRUMP GUY. MY PUBLISHER AIN’T BUT I AM. HE’S DOING GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY. HE’S OUTSPOKEN. STUART: IS HE YOUR KIND OF GUY?>>YEAH. I USED TO KNOW HIM WHEN I PLAYED FOR THE PHILLIES IN ATLANTIC CITY, HE WAS THERE EVERY NIGHT. STUART: WHAT WAS HE LIKE?>>GREAT GUY. I HAD A MEETING WITH HIM ONE TIME AT TRUMP TOWER TRYING TO GET HIM IN THE RACEHORSE BUSINESS WITH ME AND DUANE LUCAS AND ANOTHER GUY. THEN HE GOT CAUGHT ON THE SKI SLOPES WITH MARLA MAPLES AND THAT PUT AN END TO ALL THAT STUFF. THAT WAS LONG AGO, THOUGH. WELL BEFORE HE WAS THINKING ABOUT PRESIDENT. BUT HE WAS ALWAYS A DOWN-TO-EARTH GUY. I WISH HE WOULD STAY OFF THAT DAMN TWEETS. STUART: PEOPLE –>>HE’S LIKE ME. I’M OLDER THAN DONALD. I GUESS HE’S LIKE ME IN THIS RESPECT. ALL THROUGH MY CAREER, I ALWAYS ANSWERED EVERY QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED ME AND SOMETIMES YOU’RE BETTER OFF NOT ANSWERING EVERY QUESTION. STUART: TRUE.>>AND THE WORST THING IN THE WORLD, LAST THING IN THE WORLD YOU WANT TO DO IS CALL DONALD TRUMP A NAME. HE WILL COME UP WITH A NAME FOR YOU. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE DEBATES. I CAN’T WAIT. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THAT. STUART: HE’S A HARDER GUY THAN YOU.>>WELL — STUART: I THINK.>>HE’S ALL RIGHT, THOUGH. WHY WOULD ANYBODY WANT THAT JOB? STUART: WELL, HE WANTED IT.>>I KNOW. HE WANTS FOUR MORE YEARS, TOO. STUART: I THINK HE DOES. I THINK HE GETS THEM, WHAT DO YOU SAY?>>LET’S SEE WHO’S GOING TO RUN AGAINST HIM. IS IT GOING TO BE BERNIE, IS IT GOING TO BE JOE, IS IT GOING TO BE HARRIS, THE SENATOR FROM CALIFORNIA? IS IT GOING TO BE MAYOR PETE? MAYOR PETE, HE’S THE MAYOR OF A TOWN’S GOT 100,000 PEOPLE IN IT. YOU GOT 100,000 HOMELESS IN THIS TOWN. STUART: ANYTHING ELSE ON POLITICS, PETE? OKAY. I HAVE TO ASK YOU THE SERIOUS QUESTION.>>THE OTHER QUESTIONS AREN’T SERIOUS? STUART: THAT WAS JUST CONVERSATION BECAUSE YOU’RE A GREAT GUY.>>ALL THEY DO IS SIT THERE? ASHLEY: IT’S A GREAT GIG. STUART: WILL YOU EVENTUALLY GET INTO THE HALL OF FAME?>>NO. IT’S NOT ABSOLUTELY SURE BUT I DON’T THINK I WILL WHILE I’M ALIVE. BUT I’M OKAY WITH THAT. LET ME TELL YOU WHY. BECAUSE I’M FROM CINCINNATI, LIKE I SAID. I MADE THEIR HALL OF FAME. I GOT MY NUMBER RETIRED. I GOT THE HALL OF FAME AND I GOT A STATUE. THAT’S MORE IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE IT’S MY HOMETOWN. I WAS RAISED THREE MILES FROM WHERE I PLAYED IN CINCINNATI, OHIO. BY THE WAY, THEY PLAY BASEBALL TODAY ON A STREET CALLED PETE ROSE WAY. BUT I’M NOT ALLOWED TO GO IN THE CLUBHOUSE OR THE BATTING CAGE. I’M JOHN DILLINGER. I CAN’T GO ANYWHERE. I’M SURPRISED I’M ALLOWED TO SIT ON THIS SET. STUART: ARE YOU OVER IT?>>YEAH, I’M OVER IT. I HAD TO GO THROUGH SECURITY 15 TIMES TO GET IN HERE TO SEE YOU. YOU’RE NOT THAT DAMN IMPORTANT. STUART: IF I’M NOT THAT IMPORTANT –>>I’M JUST KIDDING. STUART: I WANT THE AUTOGRAPH.>>I’M OVER THAT BECAUSE LIFE’S TOO SHORT TO WORRY ABOUT IT. YOU THINK I’M GOING TO GO HOME TONIGHT AND WORRY THAT I’M GOING TO THE HALL OF FAME. YOU’RE NOT THERE YET. YOU WILL GET THERE SOME DAY. STUART: HOW OLD YOU THINK I AM? BE BRUTAL.>>HOW OLD DO I THINK YOU ARE? 61. STUART: GIVE ME THAT. I’M 71 IN FIVE WEEKS.>>I GOT YOU BY SEVEN YEARS, MAN. STUART: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED? WHAT HAPPENED? SIR, THAT WAS ONE OF THE MOST ENJOYABLE INTERVIEWS I EVER DID.

100 thoughts on “Pete Rose talks Trump, Baseball Hall of Fame in exclusive interview

  1. Pete Rose is the man. i didn’t know he had a statute, his number retired.m, and a street named after him.

  2. The ban needs to be lifted from Pete. MLB attendance is sinking ad the game is deteriorating. Pete can revitalize it.
    The Commissioner is no better as he is using a juiced ball. You hit it and you got home runs.

  3. Pete Rose is like a deadbeat dad that comes around many years later and tries to befriend the kids whom he was never there for. its just awkward, creepy, and overall gross.

  4. He had a spot on a Orlando Sports program back in the early 90s.. he did a program live at tinker field… and I stood and I waited and I waited and I waited till the program was over and Pete was starting to walk towards one VIP doors.. and I yelled at him and I said.. Pete, you'll always be in my hall of fame.. he actually turned an answered back and where is that he said?

    The first thing I could think of as I yelled back..MY HOUSE..!!
    My house is your Hall of Fame Pete..
    Just one of those moments in time where you got to see your child hood hero in real life I've been a Cincinnati Reds fan only because of Pete Rose since 1976 when I was 10 years old God bless Pete Rose Thanks for your heart your soul definitely the Memories

  5. 25 years ago I was at the Baseball Hall and his records were everywhere and I remember thinking what the hell…l he said it he screwed up! But I am old school and I feel he should be in the Hall before he passes!

  6. Great interview…all players today should watch how he played the game and try to do what he did…! I hate see players today that don't run out a possible infield hit or a pop up…never know what can happen…Charley Hustle was his nickname…it sure was right on !!!

  7. Charlie Hustle, Hall of Fame won't be complete without you in it. More drive and heart than anyone to EVER play the game. Watched him play every time I could growing up. One word describes him LEGEND

  8. I live in Vegas and if don’t know Pete rose lives here…..so this is my Pete rose story I was driving a motorcycle and I see a rose Royce pull up to my right . Has I look closely it’s Pete rose he saids to me what’s going on I go I’m going to the local casino to make a bet…. he goes who you betting I’m betting the pats to win the super bowl pre season/ they were4-1 so he’s to me I like the bet so he came to the casino and we had lunch

  9. If fame is the criteria. Then he should be in the HOF. I we needed a two out hit in a tie game in a win or go home. I would put my money on Pete every Time. He was my guy as kid. My first organized game. I walked stole second and third head first and took them both out. On to Trump. George Steinbrenner was a huge influence. You know trump was a billy Martin fan. Winning is everything to them.

  10. Pete is like he is because of a father who was over the top hard on him. Bobby Hull the same way his father would criticize him even after a great game. I don't agree I think Pete is angry

  11. This man should without question be in the hall of fame. Shame on anyone who keeps him out. VOTE HIM IN ALREADY DAMNIT! Do the game of baseball that favor.

  12. Pete wasn’t all that comfortable talking about ‘Trump as President’, but was ok talking about ‘Trump the man’ and would not take the bait about Trump winning the next election. Well played, Pete. Well played.

  13. As a Brit myself, I'll never understand why British people on TV in American talk like utter twats. Literally no one talks like that

  14. Pete Rose ended his friends career sliding into home on an all star game. And he showed no remorse. That's a winner lol

  15. Varney just looks like a creep… Pete Rose was an incredible player but made unfortunate and bad decisions. He has the right attitude now by admitting that he messed up.

  16. Enroute to winning 1980 World Series with Philadelphia, Rose as a 39 yr old first baseman hit .282 and lead the NL in doubles with 42 and only struck out 33 times in a staggering 732 trips to the plate. Charlie could play.

  17. Pete Rose is a class act and deserves to be in Cooperstown. If gambling is a disease then why would you punish someone for being ill? It's like not letting him in because he has cancer. Ridiculous. It has NOTHING to do with what he accomplished on the field.

  18. Why do so many trump supporters want him off Twitter? You just said you like the guy and that he’s doing good for the country, that’s he’s outspoken, so shouldn’t his tweets also be part of that..? I say let him keep tweeting!

  19. Some of my roots is from Cincinnati, have family still living there today. Always been a huge fan of Pete rose. But the way he talked about trump has got me questioning my entire lifelong mindset.I'm just not sure of myself now. You are still the greatest ball player Charlie Hustle.

  20. When I was sick I remember I had a Pete rose bobble head doll. He was such an inspiration to all ball players never give up.

  21. 4:25 "People like Trumps tweets!"

    Morons like Trumps tweets. As a proud conservative, I despise Trumps use of twitter. If his cabinet had any sense, theyd take his phone away. Policy is one thing, but the tweets need to stop.

  22. I remember going to a Trump rally in my hometown Cincinnati and Trump make a quick remark about throwing Pete rose in the hall of fame and everyone cheered. 😁

  23. I think I'm going to watch all the youtube vids about Pete Rose that I can. All that baseball knowledge and experience that he has might be why I would do that.

  24. Greatest hitter of all time. Sad they’re letting juicers in before him. And not to mention players who have half the stats he had

  25. The hall if fame is all fine and dandy but it really doesnt mean squat compared to the memories people have that watched Pete play.

  26. this is a fun interview. love the quips he had about the mayor of a town with 100k people and there's 100k homeless in cities like new york and LA

  27. I loved watching the Reds in the 1970's. The "Big Red Machine" was one of the best teams ever. I think it is ridiculous that the steroid generation will be represented in the Hall of Fame but not Pete Rose. He id obviously one of the best that ever played the game.

  28. Pete Rose knows he made mistakes betting on the game just like many of us do in life but it’s high time for him to get in the Hall Of Fame cause he was great for the game probably the best all around player!!!

  29. This man is ABOVE the hall of fame! He made a mistake and he owned it. Let his stats speak for his career. He is a legend and always will be. Look at the crap pro players do now days, what he did was nothing.

  30. If I could give a 100 thumbs up to this interview, I would! Warm and wonderful all the way to the end.

  31. Love me some Pete Rose and Donald Trump. Everybody knows who the hit king is and they can never take that away.

  32. Pete gambling rose aka the trump of baseball I hope he never gets in the baseball hall of fame what a fraud just like Donald Trump

  33. Give him reinstatement already, he should be able to see himself added to the HOF, he is by far the greatest hitter of all time. Everyone makes mistakes.

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