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August 19, 2021 6 min

Commissioner Bart Giamatti’s decision and Rose’s lie, executed in collusion with others; the Epical Battle for Baseball’s authenticity is set. 

Relying on Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti’s actual words and those read by his actor son, Marcus, “Downfall” examines Giamatti’s  moral, ethical, and historical decision to ban Pete Rose from baseball in 1989. And it reveals, through Giamatti’s other actions and temperament developed in battles earlier in his life, including at Yale, that his decision was but the prelude to a grander strategy to win the Epical Battle against greed and cheating by Baseball’s “snakes in the garden,” which Baseball, steeped in its “Zuckerberg Mentality,” has since been unwilling and, without the intervention of other forces,  is incapable of waging. Emmy award winning journalist, Diane Smith, and Giamatti biographer, Neil Thomas Proto, lead the way. 

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