Back in the day... I was similar to Mama Fuji. I've changed a lot since I've become a teacher. I've learned that people are constantly making mistakes and if you're unable to forgive them... well it leads to built up feelings of contempt and disdain. Life is way too short to live with those kind of feelings.
That's why I've chosen to let go of the majority of grudges I've held over the years. Pete Rose is a perfect example.
Like most baseball fans, I was disappointed and upset when I heard he made the decision to bet on baseball. But honestly... his decision to lie about it made it ten times worse. But time has a way of galvanizing forgiveness. These days the fact that he has to live with his decisions is punishment enough for me.
That's why I have no problem with spending my hard earned money on cardboard bearing his name. A few weeks ago, this card popped up on my search for 1986 Topps autographs:
1986 Topps #1
Over the past few years, I've been slowly picking up signed 1986 Topps baseball cards. For some reason, I find a nice signature in black Sharpie lends something special to this card's design.
I saw a signed copy of this card awhile back, but didn't grab it when I had the chance. Since then a few more have popped up in the $30 range. I was pretty happy to snag this card with a $15 bid and $3 shipping. It's hard to believe that you can own an autograph of MLB's All-Time Hit King for less than the price of a blaster. The again... maybe people aren't quite as forgiving as I am.
Three days later, I saw this card on eBay:
1969 Topps #424
Normally, I'd be content with adding one Pete Rose signature every few years to my collection, but the 1969 Topps Sporting News All-Stars subset is gorgeous and this card called out to me. It was a little more pricey than the other copy ($28 + $3.50 shipping), but personally... I feel it was worth every cent.
You might not see another Pete Rose post on this blog anytime soon, so I'll leave you with one more card of him:
1982 Fleer #640
This is the card that inspired the title of this post. Whenever I flip through my 80's binder and see this card, I always wonder if Pete's decision ever affected his relationship with his son. If it did, I hope his son is a little more like me than my mom, because I'm pretty sure Mama Fuji would still be holding a grudge against Pete.
What about you?
Have you forgiven Pete? Do you collect his cardboard?
That's it for today. Happy Tuesday and sayonara!