Amid recent allegations, Phillies cancel Pete Rose festivities


And as a warm-up to the ceremony, the giveaway for the August 11 game was a Pete Rose bobblehead.

In the Phillies statement, Rose said he agreed with the Phillies decision not to have him attend the weekend.

Rose acknowledged he had a sexual relationship with the woman in court documents made public Monday, but he said his information and belief was that it started when she was 16. Rose said in the statement that he is "concerned that other matters will overshadow the goodwill associated with Alumni Weekend, and I agree not to participate". With many tickets sold and tens of thousands of Rose bobble figurines set to be given away, the Phillies probably will have to look for an alternate activity for Alumni Weekend. Exchanges or refunds must be processed by October 1, 2017.

Jim Dowd - who originally investigated Rose for gambling on baseball in 1989 - said on air that Rose's associate, Michael Bertolini, told investigators he "ran young girls" to Rose during spring training, which Dowd called "statutory rape every time", according to Rose's lawsuit. Rose has claimed to believe the woman was of the legal age during their relationship, which allegedly occurred while he was married and in his mid-30s.

A woman testified in a defamation case brought up by Rose against a lawyer in Philadelphia that she had a relationship with Rose when she was 14 years old. Former Phillies great Mike Schmidt said last week he was going to introduce Rose at the Wall of Fame induction ceremony. On Saturday, Aug. 12, the club will honor past Wall of Fame inductees. The focus of this year's festivities was going to be Pete Rose - one of the heroes of the 1980 World Series championship team - who would be inducted to the Phillies' Wall of Fame. The hit-king of course was banned from baseball and is not in the Hall of Fame due to allegations that he gambled on baseball as manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

Fans debated Tuesday and Wednesday on social media and sports talk radio whether the Phillies should cancel the Rose ceremony.