ROSE SPARKED PHILS ’80 WS WIN, AND HE’S BACK AUG 7 — GOT A PROBLEM WITH THAT? DON’T WATCH!

By Michael Grimm

The Phillies announced last weekend that they are finally welcoming MLB legend Pete Rose back into their family with an invite to Alumni Weekend August 7.

Now, there seems to be a backlash, from whom it’s not quite clear.

Phillies player-turned-broadcaster Larry Bowa — a Rose teammate on the 1980 Phils World Series title team — announced that Rose would be joining his former teammates as the franchise celebrates the 1980 team on August 7.

Rose has never appeared at Citizens Bank Park in any official capacity; he received his lifetime ban for from baseball in 1989 because of gambling, decades before the Phillies moved from Veterans Stadium to CBP.

The Phillies attempted to diffuse tensions with an official statement on the upcoming event, but certainly didn’t help their case:

“In planning the 1980 reunion, we consulted with Pete’s teammates about his inclusion.

“Everyone wants Pete to be part of the festivities since there would be no trophy in 1980 without him.

“In addition, the club received permission from the Commissioner’s Office to invite Pete as a member of the championship team.”

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