Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 17, 2013

MARK MAYNARD: Pete Rose reality show surprisingly entertaining

Rocky Stanley
The Independent

ASHLAND — Against my own advice, I barreled headfirst into the TLC reality show “Pete Rose: Hits and Mrs.” on Sunday.

The first two episodes aired back to back as a sneak peek into the six-episode-long reality series. I found the 30-minute programs to be surprisingly entertaining.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s Pete being Pete. It will always be Pete being Pete whether he’s hustling down the first-base line after a walk or talking to the camera on one of the most bizarre reality shows you’ll find anywhere.

The storyline is simple: It’s the 71-year-old Rose’s life with fiancee Kiana Kim, a 31-year-old former Playboy model with two children, ages 11 and 14.

Rose and his soon-to-be wife (who talks about her breast implants a lot) are equal parts in the reality drama that will leave you laughing and shaking your head in disbelief.

I’m not sure I’ll be setting the DVR for it every week, but maybe. It is much more entertaining than I thought it would be.

I’m also not sure if it helps Rose’s case to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame — although there are plenty of references in that direction. However, it does put him somewhat back in the spolight — and nobody loves the spotlight more than Pete.

In a future episode, Rose makes it to Cooperstown so Kim’s children, Cassie and Ashton, can visit the Hall of Fame and see why baseball is the American pastime.

When it comes time for Kim to take the kids inside, though, Rose remains on the sidewalk wistfully looking in.

He says he won’t go in until he’s invited.

How noble.

The Hall of Fame discussion still cuts Rose deep though. “Pete Rose won’t need a third chance,” he says, if baseball gives him a second chance.

The show airs at 10 p.m. Mondays.

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Russell High School will recognize Tim Hanner, a class of 1978 graduate, for his recent induction into the Russell High School Hall of Fame.

Hanner was unable to attend the September ceremony and will be honored at halftime of Saturday’s boys varsity basketball game on Saturday against Rowan County at Marvin Meredith Gymnasium. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.

Hanner is a former Russell athlete, teacher and coach. He retired last year as superintendent of Kenton County schools. In 2010, Hanner was named the Kentucky Superintendent of the Year.

As superintendent, Hanner established the Kenton County Success Academy, a Professional Practices Rubric and focused on the district’s three goals to ensure quality education in every classroom, every day. Hanner is also the founder of Hanner’s Heroes, a district organization made up of more than 700 students who mentor and coach younger students in reading.

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It looks like former major league star Brandon Webb has several suitors interested in watching him throw off the mound soon.

The former Cy Young Award winner hasn’t thrown a pitch in the big leagues since the opening game of the 2009 season. But he basically hasn’t pitched since the end of the 2008 season when he was Cy Young runner-up for the second year in a row after winning it in 2006.

He has had two surgeries and a lot of rehabilitation between 2009 and 2012. But Webb appears to be throwing well and pain-free again.

Four National League East Division teams — the Phillies, Mets, Marlins and Nationals — are said to be on the list of those wanting to watch him throw that sinkerball. The Rockies and Twins have also been rumored to be interested. He has been working with good friend Bryan Price, the Reds pitching coach and Webb’s former pitching coach when he was with the Diamondbacks.

Only time will tell if the 33-year-old Webb has enough left in the tank and velocity on his pitches to impress somebody. But what a comeback story if he did.

MARK MAYNARD can be reached at mmaynard@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2648.