Saturday, January 2, 2010
2008 Long Island Ducks P.J. Rose
Who is this? P.J. Rose, a former Cincinnati Reds infielder
What is this? An autographed card from the 2008 Long Island Ducks team set
Where'd I get it? I got it signed after a Newark Bears game in 2008
How much did it cost? The team set was about $8
Why is this so special? P.J. Rose, also known as Pete Rose Jr., had a cup of coffee with the Cincinnati Reds in 1997. His professional career is much more extensive - 2009 was his 21st season in baseball, and he's close to 2000 hits. If I had to guess, though, Rose's playing career may finally be over. He turned 40 in November and played in just 64 games this year, mostly with the York Revolution.
I can't really imagine what it must be like to be the son of such a famous father. Compared to most Americans, P.J. Rose was a great ballplayer -- he was able to earn money playing the game for two decades. But compared to the tiny percentage of ballplayers who make it in the major leagues, P.J. Rose wasn't quite good enough.
Rose quickly signed the card for me as he was leaving the field after a game in Newark, so his autograph is at a 90 degree angle.