One of baseball’s most controversial players is getting his own reality show. Pete Rose was banned from baseball in 1991 for betting on games. Now, the all-time hit leader will get a second chance at stardom.
TLC has signed on for the series, Pete Rose and Kiana Kim Family Project. Cameras will follow 71-year-old Rose and his thirtysomething Playboy model fiancée Kiana Kim. “She’s got younger kids and I’ve got [four adult] kids, and we go through the same things everybody else does: taking the braces off, making sure they get their education and they go to basketball practice or acting class,” Rose told Entertainment Weekly, “It’s not going to be classless like it seems like a lot of reality shows aren’t really reality.”
Hopefully MLB commissioner Bud Seilg is a TLC fan because Rose said, “If the commissioner [Bud Selig] ever finds it in its heart to give me a second chance, I’m sure that we’ll address the. But if I ever make the Hall of Fame, I’ll be the happiest guy in the world because I understand what it means.”
It’s a match-made in Sports Illustrated heaven, Cover Girl Kate Upton and reigning AL MVP Justin Verlander. Despite a long-term relationship with his college girlfriend, the Detroit Tigers pitcher was spotted with the Michigan native this weekend in and around the city. Upton was a guest in Verlander’s suite at the Palace of Auburn Hills for the Aerosmith concert. Joining Upton and Verlander were model Lizzy Glynn and Verlander buddy Frank Viola, Jr., the son of Minnesota Twins’ pitcher Frank Viola. After the concert, the group hit Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill in Auburn Hills and Birmingham’s South Bar.
On Saturday, Upton and Verlander further fueled romance rumors when Upton was seen at Comerica Park sporting a Tigers hat at the Detroit-Kansas City game. Though from Michigan, Upton is a noted Yankees fan. Upton and Verlander co-starred in a commercial together for the MLB 2012 video game earlier this year posted below!
Bill Maher is now owner of the NY Mets. The comedian purchased a minority stake in the team.
“First of all, I think it’s a great investment,” Maher said. ”People sometimes forget that there’s only one National League franchise in New York City and they’re not making anymore. I’m a Met fan all my life and I think it would be a great place.”
The purchase comes after the team fell into financial struggles in the wake of the Bernie Madoff investment scandal. The team was sued by the trustee seeking to recover money from the victims of the Ponzi scheme. In September, the team called off a $200 m minority sale of the team, instead opting to sell limited partner shares.
“It happened months ago,” Maher said. ”It’s the first time I’ve been in New York, so we didn’t say anything. But I read about it in the paper in December saying the Mets were available— that you could buy these limited partnerships.”
Maher was at the Mets game on Sunday for an on the field ceremony at Citi Field. Though the Mets did not say how much Maher owned of the team, in March the team announced that 12 minority stakes were sold for $240 million.
“I’m just a fan,” Maher said. “I’m not going to get involved. I think my role is going to be bringing luck to the team— they didn’t have a no-hitter for 50 years, I buy in and I come to town and there’s a no hitter. Draw your own conclusions.”
At yesterday’s Minnesota Twins pre-game, Master Sgt. Robert Buresh, who was stationed in Afghanistan, surprised his daughters as they ran the bases by popping out from behind Twins mascot TC. Happy Memorial Day and thank you to those who keep us safe!