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Mets Postseason Villains: Notable bad guys from October baseball

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 24: Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose is introduced to the crowd as the 1976 World Series Championship team was honored prior to the start of the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the San Diego Padres at Great American Ball Park on June 24, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 24: Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose is introduced to the crowd as the 1976 World Series Championship team was honored prior to the start of the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the San Diego Padres at Great American Ball Park on June 24, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 14: Former Cincinnati Reds Pete Rose and Barry Larkin walk on the field prior to the 86th MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 14, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Pete Rose

Pete Rose was the kind of player you would love if he was on your team and hate if he wasn’t. He never did suit up for the Mets in his career. For this reason, he’s an unlikable figure in Mets history.

Rose is best known for two things. He has more hits than anyone else in MLB history. He is also banned from baseball for gambling.

Mets fans remember him for a specific incident as well. During the 1973 NLCS, the Cincinnati Reds known during the decade as “The Big Red Machine” took on an underdog New York squad. We know the Mets eventually went on to win the series, but not before a Game Three clash between Rose and Bud Harrelson.

In the third game of this Best of 5 Series, the Mets batters pummeled the Reds pitching. After two innings, New York led 6-0. All of the scoring in this 9-2 victory was done by the fifth inning when Rose became a lifelong enemy of the Big Apple.

During the top portion of the fifth, Rose slid hard into second base to break up a double play. He was unsuccessful in doing that. However, if he wanted to fire up his team, consider this a victory.

Harrelson hurled some words at Rose and the two began to throw some fists at second base. A good-old-fashioned baseball brawl broke out and both dugouts cleared during the scrum.

Neither player was ejected, but when Rose returned to left field in the bottom half of the inning, fans made it known that they didn’t want him out there. Debris flew on the field and Cincinnati manager Sparky Anderson was forced to lift Rose from the game. Mets coaches and players persuaded the fans to stop the madness, which they kindly did.

The damage was done, though. And nearly 50 years later, Rose is still someone I’m sure older Mets fans hate.

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