Onstage: Pete Rose Live

Ask a non-Cincinnati native of a certain age what they know of the Queen City, and inevitably Pete Rose and the Big Red Machine will come up. Cincinnati is a baseball town — a fact never more

Ask a non-Cincinnati native of a certain age what they know of the Queen City, and inevitably Pete Rose and the Big Red Machine will come up. 

Cincinnati is a baseball town — a fact never more evident than on Opening Day, which is something of a local holiday around here. And, despite his largely self-inflicted controversies and sometimes crass behavior, Rose remains a source of local pride — a gritty guy’s guy who got the most out of his limited physical abilities to become Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader and one of the fiercest competitors in any sport. 

It then comes as something of a surprise that he’s far less incisive when it comes to the details of Pete Rose LIVE, which takes over U.S. Bank Arena on the evening of Opening Day.

“All I know is that I’m going there at 8 p.m., and I know I’m up on the stage, and I know I’m talking to baseball fans, and I know I’m talking about baseball,” Rose says with typical unvarnished honesty.

Pete Rose LIVE takes place 8 p.m. Monday at U.S. Bank Arena. Tickets run $25-$100; usbankarena.com.