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Pete Rose makes tearful apology

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  September 14, 2010 08:39 AM

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300rose.jpgOn Saturday, the Cincinnati Reds celebrated the 25th anniversary of Pete Rose's 4,192d hit, which broke Ty Cobb's career hits record.

Later that night, at a roast of Rose at a casino in Indiana, Rose broke down and cried as he made a heartfelt apology for his involvement in betting on baseball.

"I disrespected the game of baseball," Rose said. "When you do that, you disrespect your teammates, the game and your family."

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, he wanted to make his remorse public.

"I guarantee everybody in this room, I will never disrespect you again," Rose said.

"You can talk about hits and runs and championship games . . . (But) I want my legacy to be (that of) somebody who came forward. If anybody has a problem here today, come forward. Don't hide it . . . You can run, but you can't hide. If I can help a young kid to know what I went through, maybe I can prevent them from going through the same thing.

"I got suspended 21 years ago. For 10-12 years, I kept it inside . . . That's changed. I'm a different guy . . . I love the fans, I love the game of baseball, and I love Cincinnati baseball."

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