GoldenPalace.com to Saw Pete Rose's Bat - Thursday 22nd of December 2005

NEW YORK – The Internet casino that boughtbaseball legend Pete Rose's allegedly corked bat now plans to saw it in halfto reveal the truth to the world.

Internet casino GoldenPalace.com bought the bat on Saturday for $103,631on Lelands.com, the foremost auction house of sports andentertainment/Americana. The bat is signed by Rose and was used to hit his159th home run. Rose holds the record for all-time hits. Now that the casinoowns the bat, they have plans to saw it in half to reveal once and for all ifthe bat is enhanced in any way.

"We love Pete Rose, we have nothing against him and are amazed by hisaccomplishments," said Drew Black, a marketing representative for the site,"but we think this is a terrific opportunity to put the bat's popularity togood use."

The sawing of the bat is part of the casino's plan to use it in an ongoingeffort to raise money for charity. The casino has not yet decided on theexact details, but they have a history of devising creative ways to raiseawareness and funds for many worthy causes.

"Anytime an item of this historical significance generates so muchattention, it has enormous potential to raise money for charity," saidGoldenPalace.com CEO Richard Rowe. "We expect to use the interest in the batto develop a fund-raising campaign to help those less fortunate. You can alsobet that we will find the most fun and innovative way to do that."

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