FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - Pete Rose will coach first base for the Florence Freedom on Tuesday, September 2. The Freedom will also retire Rose's #14 during the game that evening.
First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. against the River City Rascals with gates opening at 5:35.
Rose will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and the Freedom will retire his jersey in a special on-field ceremony during the seventh inning stretch. The Freedom will become the first professional baseball team to officially retire Rose's jersey.
Rose will wear his legendary number-14 jersey throughout the night while serving as the Freedom's first base coach.
Fans can get involved in this exciting night in a variety of ways.
In honor of Pete's number 14, reserved tickets that evening will be $14. Dugout tickets are $16 and VIP tickets, which include in-seat waitress service, are $18 for the evening. All tickets and ticket packages can be purchased by calling the Freedom Box Office at 859-594-4487 or online at florencefreedom.com.
Rose will also meet for 60 minutes with 100 fans who purchase a meet and greet. The $114 package includes hearing Rose address the group for 10 minutes, personally meeting the hit king, taking a picture with Rose and getting one Freedom memorabilia item autographed. Only Freedom memorabilia is allowed to be autographed that night. The meet and greet also includes a reserved ticket to the game and will take place at the ballpark from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Fans also have the opportunity to purchase a pre-autographed Freedom item by Mr. Rose for $55. This includes a reserved ticket to the game.
No ticket vouchers, exchanges, rain out tickets or Kids Club passes will be accepted for this special event.
Rose, 73, finished his Major League Baseball Career with 4,256 hits, the most in MLB history. A three-time batting champion, Rose won three World Series titles and was a 17-time All-Star. He played locally for the Cincinnati Reds from 1963-1978 and again from 1984-1986. Rose also managed the Reds from 1984-1989. The 1963 National League Rookie of the Year and the 1973 NL MVP is a member of Major League Baseball's All-Century Team.