Pete and Ichiro Down By the Schoolyard

A handful of years years ago, I was talking with Pete Rose while he signed autographs in Las Vegas. I’ve done this five or six times now and it’s fantastic every single time. People will disagree about whether Rose belongs in the Hall of Fame but as a character, a storyteller, an observer of baseball, he’s the best. On this day, we were talking about just how unbreakable his hit record is, and he was making the point that Derek Jeter will never break it.“And Ichiro,” he said. “He can have the hits he got in Japan, he’s still not breaking the record.”Well, this week, Rose -- apparently after seeing Ichiro Suzuki being celebrated for reaching his 4,000th professional hit -- had a change of heart. Not the first time. Not the last.“Hey,”

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