I've always thought that for a large number of people, Pete Rose's real crime was not betting on baseball so much as having bad taste. Wrestlemania, bad haircuts, the QVC appearances, a truly horrific trophy wife -- tacky, tacky, tacky and oh yeah his wagering tampered with the fabric of the game.
But through it all Pete Rose never sold out his teammates or dragged other players down with him. Doing so would have meant admitting his own guilt, but it is still something to his credit. In fact, this week, Pete Rose looks downright honorable, thanks to Jose Canseco and his vile new book.