I’ve resolved to make a serious attempt to remain optimistic about the future (and present) of the Reds organization. I still refuse to watch Danny Graves pitch, but I’m going to really try to stay upbeat about this team. That doesn’t mean that I won’t be critical of certain moves, but I bleed Red and I want to enjoy the rest of the season.
That said, there is a distinct difference in our situation as Reds fans and the situation A’s fans find themselves in. Oakland is struggling right now, much like Cincinnati, and I’m sure it is frustrating for the devoted fans of that proud organization. The difference, however, is that A’s fans have faith in GM Billy Beane to turn it around. Right now, I’m not sure that Reds fans are justified in trusting the current regime to get the Reds back on the right track.
Take a look at this post from Athletics Nation, which gives a glimpse into what I’m talking about:
Someone closely connected with the A’s recently said this to me.
I realize that sports fandom is all about ups and downs. That to follow a team and bleed its colors means that I must take my lumps as well as dance in streets with its victories.
Well, I’m going to take my lumps as our team continues its downward spiral.
With a confidence-shaken Haren going against Randy Johnson tomorrow, the A’s season of retooling is getting away faster than we’re sending young stars to the DL.
I still think it’s too early to make trades unless you can get someone young and inexpensive like Austin Kearns who could be a part of the reconstruction of our A’s. But I agree with the main course of thinking here in AN that eventually, Byrnes, Dotel, Durazo and maybe even Zito could be gone by the time the deadline rolls around. The key is to creating a market for these players, so they need to perform. Well, except for Byrnes because I would think a lot of teams could make use of him.
So, I’ll sit back and enjoy the reconstruction of our team and watch our young pitching staff make like Kirk Cameron amd Alan Thicke along the way.
By the way, the A’s do have hope in the minor leagues, despite the recent news that Dan Meyer has been shut down indefinitely.
So I’ve resolved to take my lumps as this season goes down the drain. I’m going to focus on the positive aspects of the Reds. Yes, there are a few reasons to watch the Reds the rest of the way:
–Adam Dunn. He’s a stud.
–The emergence of Felipe Lopez as the possible answer to the shortstop problem.
–Wily Mo, if and when he returns to the lineup, is as exciting a player as you’ll find anywhere.
–A healthy, for now, Junior Griffey.
–Did I mention Adam Dunn?
–Ryan Wagner gives
up us hope for the bullpen.
–I’m going to pull hard for Austin Kearns to regain his top prospect status.
–Aaron Harang. He’s really looking like last year’s second-half success wasn’t a fluke. He’s striking people out, and becoming a good pitcher. It’s fun to watch.
–Edwin Encarnacion. He’ll be here before you know it, and we’re all going to enjoy watching him.
–Most importantly, I’m going to enjoy the play of Adam Dunn.
And there are more. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comment section below.
Today is day one of “Operation Enjoy Reds Baseball.” Wish me luck.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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