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I won't be watching Pete Rose's new reality show, not because I don't like Pete or because I'm way too sophisticated for reality television, but because the show simply doesn't interest me. Much like how I struggle as a sports-talk host by pretending to care about the World Cup every four years, I have a hard time pretending that Hits and Mrs. is interesting to me in the least.
But I know it matters to you. And because what matters to you is important to me, I've decided to devote a weekly blog post to Pete's new show by having someone else review and recap it for you. After throwing this out there on Twitter, the first response came from Megan McConnell, who will be reviewing the show every week for us. Reach her on Twitter by going here, and enjoy her initial review....
First things first: as referenced last week, here is a copy of Pete Rose's inspirational speech to the kids at his baseball camp. If anyone is a Little League coach, please try this out.
"Baseball's fun. If you don't have fun, please don't come back tomorrow. Just stay home and stay in bed. I watch these guys today-
some of them, you think they're going to the electric chair, the way they play. And I know they're not going to the electric chair because they [mumble] the prisons. You know, mentally depression is when you have 4,001 bills, and you only make 2,000. That's pressure- not playing baseball."
"Play the game in your mind when you're playing the game- one out, two out, two strikes, one ball, three balls- and you can't get
embarrassed. I've seen players: it's too hot; it's too cold; the wind's blowing too much; I don't like AstroTurf. Well bring your own
field! You know, if you overheat today, that means you're really busting your chops. I'll personally take you to the hospital."
The 10 year olds were very motivated.
On to this week's shows...
For Pete's Sake
This is the episode where the family travels to Cooperstown. It's high on advocating for Pete's admission to the Hall of Fame and low on plot. Here are the highlights.
Because the editors of this show mistakenly think we are invested in watching these people decide what to wear (aside from Pete- I would love to watch him debate between his various fedoras and self-referential shirts), the episode opens with Kiana and her kids struggling to figure out what to pack for their summer vacation. Pete has his own concerns while preparing for the trip: a fear of using an airplane toilet to "go number two" (his words). Apparently, Kiana had just the medication to help. We learn via confessional that he took it the night before the flight, and it resulted in many trips to the bathroom. Pete's description of the night: "I'm not just the Hit King. Last night, I was the [Bleep] King." Off camera, producers start laughing, Pete cracks up and questions if that can even make it on TLC. Apparently it can.
Pete, Kiana, and her kids arrive in Cooperstown, and the large amount of blurred jerseys and faces in the background for the rest of the episode make me question if my LASIK has worn off. The family stays in an apartment above the sports shop where Pete signs autographs. Outside the shop, the cameras manage to hunt down a few people that want to be on a cable reality show enough that they emphatically state their positions on whether Pete should be in the Hall. A man calls him a cheater. A women says he abused his celebrity, which makes me wonder if she knows he's suspended. Another man thinks he deserves a second chance. Shockingly enough, no one produces an argument you haven't heard 1,000 times before.
Kiana and the kids head over to the Hall of Fame, while Pete hangs back to work (i.e. sign autographs and pose for pictures). Carrie, the teenage daughter, questions if the Hall will be like the Titanic museum except for baseball. Pete assures her yes. Once they make it to the Hall, Kiana tears up while looking at her fiancé's memorabilia. She questions why baseball will display his jersey, his bat, and photographs of him, but won't let him have a plaque. She decides that she needs to convince him to approach Bud Selig to reevaluate his suspension.