Pete Rose: 'I picked the wrong vice. I should have picked alcohol'

Former baseball great Pete Rose answers reporter's questions at a press conference. (Reuters)

Former baseball great Pete Rose answers reporter's questions at a press conference. (Reuters)

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Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, told Pittsburgh radio station 93.7 The Fan that he should have picked another vice besides gambling.

Rose, banished from baseball and the Hall of Fame because of gambling since 1989, said he would have been given a second chance if he committed different sins.

He made the comment while discussing the topic of steroids and New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's suspension stemming from the Biogenesis scandal.

Rodriguez is appealing his suspension while 12 others are serving 50-game bans. Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was previously given a 65-game suspension.

"You have to understand, I don't call these guys to do shows, they call me," Rose said. "And of course with all this steroid talk and the 12 guys being suspended and A-Rod appealing, they want my input because I'm suspended for life. Hey, everything is a different case. I made mistakes. I can't whine about it. I'm the one that messed up and I'm paying the consequences.

"However, if I am given a second chance, I won't need a third chance.

"And to be honest with you, I picked the wrong vice. I should have picked alcohol. I should have picked drugs or I should have picked up beating up my wife or girlfriend because if you do those three, you get a second chance. They haven't given too many gamblers a second chance in the world of baseball."

Rose said he has become friends with Rodriguez in the past year and they have recently kept in touch.


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