A signed baseball does not an endorsement make.
Pete Rose, baseball’s banned all-time hits leader, may have autographed a ball asking Donald Trump, the Republican presidential frontrunner, to make America great again, but we warned you that Rose often signs things facetiously and that “Rose’s endorsement might be somewhat tongue-in-cheek.” Sure enough, on Monday evening, Rose’s attorney, Ray Genco, emailed The Post to clarify Rose’s political stance ahead of Tuesday’s Ohio primary. In what has been a feverish primary season, Rose and Genco offer up a welcome, reasoned position.
Pete has made a point not to “endorse” any particular presidential candidate.
Though he respects everyone who works hard for our country — any outlet that misinterpreted a signed baseball for an endorsement was wrong.
Pete did not send any candidate a baseball or a note of endorsement.
That said, through my discussions with Pete about this cycle, I’ve learned that he believes that who to vote for is a decision each voter should decide for him or herself.
Pete knows and has impressed upon me that, above politics, it’s leadership and teamwork make all the difference. Both the left and right are Baseball fans- and it is those institutions and their people that make America exceptional.
Leadership and teamwork. What great concepts.
Here’s the ball that Trump tweeted about:
As FiveThirtyEight.com notes, Rose has been known to write all sorts of things on baseballs. He “likes to lampoon his situation” as baseball’s banished hits king and “in certain circumstances he’ll sign baseballs with ‘I’m sorry I broke up the Beatles’ or ‘I’m sorry I shot JFK.’”
So at least Trump got a nice baseball.