From this AM’s Cincinnati Enquirer, Paul Daugherty‘s column:
When you send your top hired gun to Colorado, for the last game of a lost road trip, it’s not so he can experience a Rocky Mountain high. John Allen, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, was going out there to collect a Red scalp or two. Someone who had a job Sunday morning would not have one Sunday night.
“I don’t have a solution,” Allen, the Reds chief operating officer (COO) declared. Is that right? If you’re not firing somebody, it’s just frequent flyer miles. “I’m not coming in here carrying a big stick.” Thanks for that, John.
It pretty much continues in this vein. He quotes Allen as saying this wasn’t just a PR move because of the upcoming 13 of 17 games at home and the fact that the owners have to be afraid that attendance is going to start dropping to Montreal-like levels.
As someone said yesterday on the Reds list though…what really can be done now?
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.