Thirty days wiser and $10,000 poorer, Reds manager Pete Rose returned from the suspended list Wednesday.
He was back in his element - back in uniform, leaning on the dugout railing at Wrigley Field, perspiring in the midday heat.If onlookers expected any special concessions from Rose in this, his coming-out party, he wasn't obliging. When a horde of TV cameras assembled near the first-base line just before the Reds-Cubs game, they were disappointed at the sight of reserve first baseman Lloyd McClendon bringing out the Cincinnati lineup card.
If fans expected to see a more contrite Rose this time around, they left Wrigley surprised. In the seventh inning of the Reds' 6-3 loss to Chicago, Rose engaged in a good-natured argument with home-plate umpire Bruce Froemming.
In some ways, Rose's routine Wednesday wasn't any different than it had been during his suspension. He arrived at the ballpark early and made out the lineup card, as usual.
Once the game began, Rose's presence had no discernible effect on the Reds' play. They lost for the 9th time in 11 games. Fans greeted Rose with boos when he walked onto the field.