ASHLAND, KY., JULY 19 -- If all goes as planned, Pete Rose's new home will offer organized softball, a library, a weightlifting room and about 1,130 neighbors from all walks of life.
It's the Federal Correctional Institution at Ashland.
The medium-security prison located near Ohio River steel mills was abuzz today with news that Rose could report there Aug. 10 to serve a five-month sentence for tax evasion.
U.S. District Judge S. Arthur Spiegel recommended Rose serve his time at the prison's minimum-security camp. The order had prison officials puzzled, because the 150-bed camp is several months away from opening.
Exactly where Rose serves his time will be decided by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, said bureau spokesman Scott Burton.
There was a sense of excitement inside the Ashland prison's D Unit as inmates learned of Rose's probable arrival.
"Pete Rose is coming here, man!" one young man shouted to fellow inmates.
The all-time hit leader more than likely will share a cramped cell with one of 1,128 inmates. The prison, located in a quiet neighborhood of this eastern Kentucky city, was built in 1940 and now is 138 percent over capacity.
Several inmates expect the baseball star to blend in easily.
"We've all done something," said James Miller, 42, serving a 15-year sentence on drug charges. "He'll be just another roommate."