It was an unexpected sight for thousands of tourists who happened to stop by the Forum Shops inside Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. There, amid the pricey merchandise in the Forum Shops, was Pete Rose, signing autographs for pay at the Field of Dreams store.
About every three to four weeks, Rose would settle down and pen his name on baseballs, photos, jerseys and other items fans would buy. It all came at a price, of course, but it was lucrative, according to Jim Nagourney, vice president of Stars Live, a division of Field of Dreams.
Nagourney told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Rose and Field of Dreams were parting ways after seven years of what was for the all-time hit king a $1 million per year job.
Rose, 69, is still banned from baseball but maintains a strong legion of fans who choose to remember his play on the field rather than his betting scandals or tax evasion conviction.
Always willing to kid around and take a picture with fans who bought an autograph, Rose may have simply grown tired of the same old spot.
The rumor, according to the paper, is that Rose will wind up doing essentially the same thing at the Luxor Hotel on the strip.
Lately, Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus has been taking over for Rose and could wind up being a permanent replacement.