Pete Rose: Pete Rose never had a gambling problem


I missed this when I put up the earlier Pete Rose post, but apparently Charlie Hustle sat for an extended interview with with Yahoo!’s Graham Bensinger. In it he discusses baseball stuff and gambling stuff, particularly the idea that he had a gambling addiction:

“I needed something extra. I lost the edge in getting those at-bats and
being competitive. So, you know, I was wrong but the best way to be
competitive to me was to bet on my own team to win every night . . . I don’t think I was an addict. I think I could control what I was
doing. I just was wrong and I got caught … I actually went to some
Gamblers Anonymous classes and I sat there for three or four of them and
I’m trying to figure out what I have in similarities with these other
people and I could never find anything.”

I’m highly skeptical of our society’s habit of calling everything an addiction. Sometimes people drink a bit too much. Doesn’t make them an alcoholic. Sometimes people fool around with people who aren’t their spouses. Doesn’t make them a sex addict. Sometimes people bet hundreds of times a year and structure their whole lives around gambling in order to somehow — any way they can — achieve that oh-so-satisfying rush they had when they were younger but just can’t get no matter how hard they try to, and THANK YOU THANK YOU gambling for giving me what I need to get through the day, ahhhhhhhhhhh . . . .

OK, you know what? I still think Rose was a gambling addict.

(link via Big League Stew