A crowd of 10,000 fans, chanting “Pete!...

A crowd of 10,000 fans, chanting “Pete! Pete! Pete!” gathered in downtown Cincinnati to honor Pete Rose, baseball’s new all-time hit leader.

“You’ve really supported me and my team,” Rose told the throng. “I really can’t explain my feelings the other night at first base. I thought about how I was supported by you people. I wish I could have shaken hands with each and every one of you.

“I remember the last time we were here was for a World Series celebration, which we hope to do again in the very near future. . . . See you down at the ballpark and we’ll beat the hell out of the Dodgers tonight.”