Rose opens a can of apologies |

Rose opens a can of apologies

Rick Chandler

As San Diego sportscaster Ron Burgundy might say: You stay classy, Pete Rose.

Our story so far: The New York Daily News reported last week that Rose had signed 300 baseballs with the words “I’m sorry I bet on baseball – Pete Rose,” and was set to sell them at $1,000 a pop through a collectibles dealer. The resulting outcry was deafening, as media types wondered how Rose in good conscience could profit on his misdeeds (the all-time hits king was banned from baseball for betting on said sport).

Rose then went on ESPN to declare his innocence, saying that the balls, while signed by him, were never meant to be sold in his lifetime.

But then a funny thing happened. A couple of days later, we found the following announcement on Rose’s Web site:

Here it is – Your personal apology from Pete Rose! Add to your collection, or give as a gift, this custom, truly one of a kind piece of memorabilia straight from the hand of Pete Rose, all-time Major League career hits king. Pete Rose will hand sign a baseball with his now-famous “I’M SORRY I BET ON BASEBALL” inscription, addressed to you or the recipient name of your choice. Item will ship approx three weeks from date of purchase. Note: Recipient Name has a 15 character limit. Only $349!

Well, that didn’t take long.

So we’re kind of happy that this story turns out to be true, because it could open up an exciting untapped collectibles market. Imagine Terrell Owens footballs signed: “Sorry I’m such an incredible jerk – T.O.”

Other possibilities:

“Sorry, officers. Can’t we bury the hatchet? – Maurice Clarett”

“Sorry for the last two minutes of the Oregon game – Pac-10 officials”

“Sorry about the Lusitania – Kaiser Wilhelm II”

“Sorry I had a lobotomy and still agreed to coach the Raiders – Art Shell”

“Sorry about the last century – Chicago Cubs”

“Sorry for the gas – bean burrito”

“Sorry about the last four albums – Metallica”

“Sorry for the trick questions, Vince – Wunderlich Test”

“Sorry about the enlarged head and mood swings (but I’m keeping the records) – Barry Bonds”

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