It's been 25 years since Pete Rose has managed in a professional baseball dugout. But on Monday he was back and looked as comfortable as ever, if only just for the one day.
The Cincinnati native and MLB hits leader was in Bridgeport, Connecticut as the honorary manager for the independent league Bridgeport Bluefish Baseball team. Rose, who is banned from baseball, was allowed to manage because the Bluefish have no affiliation with MLB.
Wearing a uniform with the familiar number 14, Rose was honored at a luncheon in Bridgeport then had a meet and greet with fans.
"Just being around baseball players in general is a lot of fun. I did it for so many years, I still do it in my own way but the way I do it in is I just watch baseball every day," Pete said on Monday.
The Bluefish took on the Lancaster Barnstormers with Rose as manager and won 2-0.
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