March 15, 2016

"Pete Rose’s attorney: ‘We do not know how Mr. Trump got the ball.'"

Well, since I blogged Trump's tweet with the baseball yesterday, I guess I'm obligated to blog this Washington Post story today. But, man, the trivia! And why can't WaPo get a statement from Rose himself? We get his lawyer? Ugh.
“We do not know how Mr. Trump got the ball,” Genco said. “I can’t authenticate the ball from some Twitter picture.” He added: “I can’t speak to how Trump got the ball. Pete didn’t send it. I made that clear.”
How does Genco know?
“Pete has made a point not to ‘endorse’ any particular presidential candidate,” Genco wrote. “Though he respects everyone who works hard for our country — any outlet that misinterpreted a signed baseball for an endorsement was wrong. Pete did not send any candidate a baseball or a note of endorsement. That said, through my discussions with Pete about this cycle, I’ve learned that he believes that who to vote for is a decision each voter should decide for him or herself. Pete knows and has impressed upon me that, above politics, it’s leadership and teamwork [that] make all the difference. Both the left and right are Baseball fans — and it is those institutions and their people that make America exceptional.”
A lawyer talked like a lawyer. I'm supposed to believe that Pete "impressed upon" Genco something about "leadership and teamwork" "above politics"? Also, why capitalize "Baseball"? Blecch.

IN THE COMMENTS: Bob Boyd said:
GOP issues statement summing up the entire 2016 primary election.

“We do not know how Mr. Trump got the ball.” 

30 comments:

David Begley said...

Looks like a Roger Stone trick to me in order to offset the endorsement by Urban Meyer of John Kasich.

But with Rose and Trump, how do you know which one is lying?

traditionalguy said...

A Moby baseball. What's the world come to. Maybe it's Adolf Hitler's baseball.

tim maguire said...

Either the ball is real or it isn't. If Pete sent it, he would know. All the hemming and hawing suggests the Post really really REALLY wants the answer to be what it is not.

Tank said...

If Rose did not send the ball, why would he need a lawyer to say, "I did not send the ball?"

What difference would it make what Rose says now, he's a bigger liar than Zero or the Vagina. If he wasn't such a big liar, he'd be in the HOF now.

Bob R said...

Rose's lawyer is really named Genco? Perfect.

Drago said...

Bob R: "Rose's lawyer is really named Genco? Perfect."

Precisely. Next up: Pete Rose Olive Oil.

Bricap said...

So it's baseball if it's referring to a ball, and it's Baseball if referring to the game. I always enjoy reading your take on how people use the English language, Professor.

Bob Boyd said...

GOP issues statement summing up the entire 2016 primary election.

“We do not know how Mr. Trump got the ball”

Meade said...

"But with Rose and Trump, how do you know which one is lying?"

Both.

wendybar said...

What Meade said!!!

CStanley said...

LOL Bob Boyd!

Tank said...

Bob Boyd said...

GOP issues statement summing up the entire 2016 primary election.

“We do not know how Mr. Trump got the ball”


This is the best.

coupe said...

Pete Rose is a lousy bum. Baseball, as a sport, died on August 12, 1994.

eddie willers said...

Both the left and right are Baseball fans

Leftists prefer Synchronized Swimming.

whiskey said...

My sense is another Trump supporter got burned by Trump's ego. A private moment becomes public because Trump wants to show off.

Bob Boyd said...

Donald Trump: When I am President, I will build a great big beautiful wall....with Pete Rose's name on it....in the Baseball Hall of Fame....and Pete Rose will pay for it.

tim maguire said...

whiskey said...My sense is another Trump supporter got burned by Trump's ego. A private moment becomes public because Trump wants to show off.

I don't think that's correct. If Rose really did write that on the ball, he knew it would be displayed. Stars don't give out memorabilia so it can be locked away.

Limited blogger said...

When Trump is president can he force Cooperstown to take Pete?

Bay Area Guy said...

"Pete has made a point not to ‘endorse’ any particular presidential candidate,” .. because the fate of the western world does, indeed, hinge on the coveted Pete Rose endorsement:)

Who is Bud Selig endorsing?

Laslo Spatula said...

Trump received a signed football from Tom Brady, but it turned out to be fake: the ball was properly inflated.

I am Laslo.

Beldar said...

Why should anyone care who a compulsive gambler of spectacularly bad judgment, who also happened to be a good baseball player, does or doesn't support for POTUS?

I'd be lots more interested in what the guys on the back of the garbage truck who just emptied my bin think. None of them were stupid enough to blow up a sure spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Jeff said...

Why capitalize Baseball? Because it's a sacrament.

Limited blogger said...

Laslo is running very hot today!

buwaya said...

"Why should anyone care who a compulsive gambler of spectacularly bad judgment, who also happened to be a good baseball player, does or doesn't support for POTUS?
I'd be lots more interested in what the guys on the back of the garbage truck who just emptied my bin think. "

It is interesting what both think.
Much if not all of this is not rational choice.
Everyone works off limited information and ends up rationalizing decisions that are not necessarily arrived at through reason.
Pete Rose is a lot of things, but he's also a tribal symbol, a "my people" thing.
That's a factor.

mccullough said...

Beldar,

Then ask your garbage men what they think instead of being a condescending jerk. You're not interested in what they think because you're a snob. You don't want to hear from them at all. And yet you're wondering why Trump is kicking your boy Cruz' ass.

mccullough said...

Trump seems like an Aqua Velva man.

pellehDin said...

IN THE COMMENTS: Bob Boyd said:

GOP issues statement summing up the entire 2016 primary election.

“We do not know how Mr. Trump got the ball.”

Slight modification:

"We do not know how to deal with candidates who have balls."

Darrell said...

Jeb said he once had a ball.

Freeman Hunt said...

I wonder if Rose has any bets placed on the election.

Michael K said...

"Pete Rose is a lot of things, but he's also a tribal symbol, a "my people" thing.
That's a factor."

Yes, and the dullards who don't understand that this is about Ohio are also a factor. Losers, they are called.