Pete Rose Is Out. Dick Butkus Is In!!!
Written by Norm Clarke of ‘Las Vegas Review-Journal’
After a seven-year run, Pete Rose is switching teams again.
Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader, but an outcast for his many scandals, Rose has left the Field of Dreams memorabilia store at the Forum Shops at Caesars for what he hopes will be greener pastures.
“It was a mutual thing. He wanted to try something different. He’s a deal maker,” said Jim Nagourney, vice president of Stars Live, a division of Field of Dreams.
Rose, rumored to be heading for Luxor, turned his firebrand style and controversies into a $1 million-a-year business for most of his seven years at Field of Dreams.
Nagourney said NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus has been filling in for Rose, and the hope is he will move into the 15-weeks-a-year schedule Rose had.
Rose, who turns 70 on April 14, left “on good terms,” Nagourney said. “It was an enormous success” for both parties. Pete’s a friend of everybody in our company.”
Butkus, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection who played with the Chicago Bears from 1965 to 1973, got off to “a dynamite start,” Nagourney said. “He’s extraordinary with the public; really cares.”