Found July 26, 2013 on NESN.com:
Most current Major League Baseball players wouldn’t want to be caught dead associating with Pete Rose. So, it makes perfect sense that the all-time hit king is pretty chummy with Alex Rodriguez. Rose was in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Thursday — not at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, obviously, but at a memorabilia store a block away — and he spoke to USA Today on a number of subjects. One of those subjects was his friend A-Rod, who he met at an autograph signing in, of all places, Las Vegas, a couple of years ago. “A-Rod is a great kid, I think, but he lacks self-confidence,” Rose said. “A lot of good players do. Sparky Anderson taught me this a long time ago: There’s three ways you can treat a person. You can pat ‘em on the butt, you can kick ‘em in the butt, or you can leave ‘em alone. If Sparky was alive today, he’d tell you that A-Rod needs to be patted on the butt.” Rose didn’t really answer questions about the specific allegations against Rodriguez, but he did indicate he feels
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