ROSE REFLECTS ON BRAWL WITH HARRELSON

New York Daily News
02.28.2018

Pete Rose was interviewed by the New York Daily News regarding the infamous fight with Bud Harrelson during Game 3 of the 1973 National League Championship Series at Shea Stadium. Rose told the News the whole fight started because of Wayne Garrett.

“He come running in from third and just started the whole fight,” said Rose. “I’ve never said anything negative about Bud on that play. That was just two aggressive players playing for the right to go to the World Series. You know how many times I slid into second base and knocked the second baseman over? If you’re in a playoff, or a World Series or All-Star Game, it’s a bigger deal. For a little guy, (Harrelson) was real aggressive, which is what you need when you don’t have the stature of some of these guys. You’ve got to make up for it in other areas, and Bud did. Buddy wasn’t a fighter. In those days, you wore sunglasses underneath the bill of the cap. I must have hit the sunglasses into the bridge of (Harrelson’s) nose. He wiped his brow with his hand. He had blood on his hand …Willie (Mays) had to go out to left field because fans were throwing so much garbage at me. I had a Jack Daniels bottle thrown at me from the third deck at Shea Stadium. It was just like New York fans though — it was empty before they threw it. They didn’t leave nothing for the player.”

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