When I talked with Pete Rose (Did I mention IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m writing a book about the 1975 Reds Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ come on, you knew I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make it through a sprawling blog post like this without mentioning it), I asked him if he thought Jeter had any chance to catch him on the hit list.
I wish IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d had a camera at that moment because the look of pure disgust on PeteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s face was beyond priceless, it was worth more words than every blog post IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever written. He said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Come on.Ã¢â‚¬Â
I said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Well, he has about as many hits as you had at his age.Ã¢â‚¬Â And if anything PeteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s look became MORE disgusted, and he smirked and he said what might be my favorite quote of the year, and one that (sadly) I probably wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be able to get into the book so I give it to you now:
He said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“You tell Derek that the first 3,000 are easy.Ã¢â‚¬Â