“It’s something that was way overdue and I’m glad we have a chance to celebrate what Pete Rose meant to the game and to this city,” Eric Davis told FOX19 NOW. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Jeremy Rauch)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
It’s been a long time coming for Pete Rose.
The Hit King’s induction into the Reds Hall of Fame arrives this weekend with dozens of members from the Big Red Machine and Reds hall of famers in attendance.
As special as the moment will be for Rose, it’s also been a long time coming for the guys he played with and managed. One of those former players happens to be Eric Davis, a Reds hall of fame outfielder, who played under Rose for six years before the Hit King was banned from baseball in 1989.
“It’s something that was way overdue and I’m glad we have a chance to celebrate what Pete Rose meant to the game and to this city,” Davis told FOX19 NOW. “He was the one who gave me the opportunity to do the things I was able to do. I learned a lot from him and I can’t thank him enough. So, watching the city react and to see how he’s embraced, it’s going to be a madhouse. I’m looking forward to it.”
Rose was honored before the All-Star Game in Cincinnati last summer as one of the Reds’ Franchise Four and just moments after coming off the field, he told FOX19 NOW, “I am Cincinnati.”
Davis shared the same sentiment when he was asked about what this moment meant for Rose.
“It’s going to be great,” Davis said. “That is Cincinnati. That is the Big Red Machine. That is Cincinnati Reds baseball.”
Davis carries a different perspective than most, building a unique relationship that began during Rose’s player-manager years from 1984-86.
“He didn’t really have one specific thing that made him. He was consistent with effort,” said Davis. “As a player-manager, his whole thing was effort, and that’s what rubbed off on a lot of us. He taught me how to, when the game is over, leave where it was at. He would say…I don’t care how long you stay in that clubhouse after the game, make sure you leave it there. There were so many different things that he gave to me, but that always resonates.”
Seems everyone has a story about “Charlie Hustle.” Millions will be told this weekend when Pete Rose is forever enshrined into Reds history.
A breakdown of the how the Reds will honor Pete Rose on the field this Friday through Sunday is below.
Friday - 6:30 p.m.: 20 members of the Big Red Machine, including Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and Tony Perez, will be introduced on the field to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1976 World Series Champions
Saturday - 3:30 p.m.: On-field ceremony to induct Pete Rose into the Reds Hall of Fame, presented by PNC Bank. Marty Brennaman will be the master of ceremonies and Pete will address the crowd. More than 20 Reds Hall of Famers will be in attendance, including Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin and Eric Davis.
Sunday - 12:30 p.m.: On-field ceremony to retire Pete Rose’s No. 14 jersey will include appearances by previous Reds legends who have their numbers retired - Johnny Bench (#5), David Concepcion (#13), Barry Larkin (#11) and Tony Perez (#24)