Rose a hit as Reds retire number before game

The Cincinnati Reds officially retired Pete Rose’s No. 14 on Sunday in a pregame ceremony at Great American Ball Park.

“It is our salute to that person whose impact transcends their lifetime and spares any future player the impossible task of living up to a legacy too large to fill,” Reds CEO Bob Castellini said during the ceremony.

Pete Rose Jr. threw the ceremonial first pitch to his father, who stood behind home plate. The younger Rose is the only player to wear No. 14 for the Reds since his father’s retirement.

Rose playfully asked Castellini if Pete Rose III can wear the No. 14 if he ever makes it to the majors.

Lighthearted Rose enters Reds’ Hall of Fame

Pete Rose was honored during a pregame ceremony Saturday as he was officially inducted into the Cincinnati Reds’ Hall of Fame.

Rose was given a crystal glass sculpture depicting the moment after he got his 4,192nd hit and a painting illustrating his trademark headfirst slide.

Fans chanted Rose’s name as he began to speak Sunday, prompting him to say, “You’re not going to make me cry.”

Rose acknowledged all the other Reds players who have their numbers retired, thanked the team and its hall of fame for honoring him this weekend, and called Cincinnati “the capital of the baseball world.”

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