August 24, 1989 is a day that will live in infamy in the city of Cincinnati.
25 years ago, Pete Rose was banished from the game of baseball.
You could call Rose's gambling scandal one of the most notable in sports history, debatably up there with steroids or the 1919 White Sox team "throwing" the World Series against the Reds.
But, no punishment yet, has been as severe as Rose's lifelong ban.
"If nothing else, I think enough time has passed to allow the city of Cincinnati to really honor and immortalize Pete as I think he means to the city of Cincinnati," said Robert Ausdenmoore of Mason.
In 1989, Rose's ban stemmed from his betting allegations while he was managing his hometown club.
"I think what he did was foolish. He's an idiot. You can't bet on baseball," said Matt Schnetzer of Colerain.
But, for Schnetzer, 25 years is enough.
"I think he was one of the couple greatest - him, Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron," Schnetzer told FOX19.
At the end of the day, he doesn't totally believe that Rose will ever end up enshrined next to baseball's elite in Cooperstown. But, some feel a new commissioner can change that, and more.
"I think for the commissioner stepping in, he has a very unique opportunity to both let him in, and kind of set the standard for what the level of punishment on betting in baseball is," said Ausdenmoore.
For some, Rose's banishment can be compared to a criminal serving a long prison sentence.
"They're given opportunities to state their case. If they've done good behavior, they get out. They don't spend 25 years. I haven't seen that with Pete," said John Kluesener who tells FOX19 he sang in Rose's first wedding.
Maybe Rose gets reinstated. Maybe he doesn't. Maybe he gets into the hall of fame. Maybe he doesn't.
Either way, for the faithful, it's hard to forget what the Hit King has done.
"He's a legend in Cincinnati. His legacy will carry on for years regardless of his hall of fame standing," said Chris Teuschler of Cincinnati.
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