"I won't resort to the clich� that he thrives on pressure. Let's say he thrives on adulation. The more fanfare he gets, the better he gets. Genius comes in a lot of forms. Pete's genius is that he's somehow transformed his street savvy into a unique style of play."
McCarver is not the only player who reaches for fresh phrases to celebrate Rose. Willie Stargell of the Pirates has been his opponent since 1963, when they were both rookies. "Walk by a house that's being built, stop awhile and watch the bricklayers," Stargell says. "Pretty soon you'll be able to tell who is the best bricklayer by his drive, his determination. Pete has more drive within than anyone else. He's the best bricklayer out there."
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