continued "There's a lot more going on in baseball than (gambling)," said Rensselaer resident James Crosby, one of 120 people who purchased pre-sale tickets to have Rose sign an autograph for him. "As far as I'm concerned, Pete Rose never did anything wrong."
"There is nobody who should be holding him back now," added Lindsley.
Meanwhile, the closest that Pete Rose can get to the game is to watch it on TV and hope that the current crop of 20-something players such as Mike Trout, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper can carry on the style of play that he displayed for more than two decades.
"I just want them to play hard," said Rose. "I don't care how much money they make. You have to earn what you make. Whether you go 4-for-4 (at the plate) or 0-for-4, you have to give effort."