I really, really wanted to start this thing with something snarky about how "I will never forget"...then transition into a post about Pete Rose besting Ty Cobb's (former) all-time hit record on September 11, 1985.
But I can't...I just can't do it.
"Insensitive" some would say. Others might call it "cold" or "heartless".
And, chances are, they'd be right.
But I remember where I was that Wednesday twenty-five years ago when "Charlie Hustle" became baseball's hit king. Well, more accurately, I remember where I was when he didn't.
A couple of days prior, my brother and I were in his bedroom watching as Rose's Cincinnati Reds were taking on the Chicago Cubs. I remember both of us sitting there watching as he tied Cobb, but what we really wanted to was whether or not history could be made on our watch
Thankfully, we didn't have to wait long to catch the highlights of Rose sending an Eric Show offering into left-center for hit number 4192.
Tonight, the Reds have planned a celebration of the achievement and, according to their website, are expecting "an appearance by the Hit King himself on the field".
Some reports said that Rose would NOT be at Great American Ballpark, but rather (and some say fittingly)...a Hollywood Casino. Thankfully, the casino is just 23 miles down the Ohio River in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and if some OTHER reports are accurate, Rose will be bused to and from "Hollywood-on-the-Ohio" so he can make an appearance in the Queen City.
But like the two kids watching Rose on that old 13-inch black and white TV 25 years ago...we'll all have to wait and see how tonight unfolds.
So that we may never forget...here's how five very different bloggers around the interwebs are remembering September 11, 1985.
Rob Neyer (ESPN)
Why Pete Rose's Record Will Stand
Pete Rose is Back in Baseball, For a Night
Dean Hybl (Sports Then and Now)
25 Years Ago: Pete Rose Becomes Baseball's Hit King
Justice Hill (Bleacher Report)
Note To Pete Rose: Baseball Needs You Back Full Time As Much As You Need It
John Erardi (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Pete Rose: Timeline of Events After 4,192
Sound off! Tell The Hall your memories of September 11, 1985 or link to your favorite blogger's work in the comments section!