Reds honor Pete Rose with statue of his iconic headfirst slide

Pete Rose’s all-out approach to baseball, which earned him the nickname Charlie Hustle, may be best personified by his headfirst slide into bases. Now, Rose’s iconic slide will live on as a larger-than-life sculpture outside Great American Ball Park. The 76-year-old Rose was on hand, along with several of his former teammates from Cincinnati’s Big […]

Pete Rose’s all-out approach to baseball, which earned him the nickname Charlie Hustle, may be best personified by his headfirst slide into bases.

Now, Rose’s iconic slide will live on as a larger-than-life sculpture outside Great American Ball Park.

The 76-year-old Rose was on hand, along with several of his former teammates from Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine glory days, for the statue’s unveiling before Saturday’s game against the Dodgers.

Lewis, a shortstop from San Juan Capistrano, Calif., signed the deal between games of the Twins’ doubleheader Saturday.

This was not a surprise for me, agent Scott Boras said of the Twins’ interest in his client. I assure you in the many years I’ve been in this business, who Royce is as a person is distinguishable from many. I think he’s someone, someday, that will be something all of us in baseball hope players will be.

Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey stressed Lewis’ positive personality and attitude, in addition to his athletic talent, made him appealing to the club.

We felt we selected both the top talent in the Draft and the top person, Falvey said. And that’s a credit to his parents and his family, and to Royce. We couldn’t be happier.

Lewis’ career with the Twins will start at the organization’s Gulf Coast League affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla.

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