I am so disgusted about the direction of this franchise that I can barely think straight. When Bowden and Boone were fired, it was a wonderful opportunity to take the Reds in a new direction. Instead, they hired Dan O’Brien and Dave Miley — which equals more of the same.
I know that I promised that I was going to be upbeat about the rest of this season, but it’s difficult to remain positive.
One of the most disgusting storylines surrounding the team is the continual attempt by O’Brien and (especially) Miley to beat down their stars on a daily basis. Take a look at this:
Adam Dunn was given another day off Friday, and he was about as happy as he was for his last day off June 3 in Colorado. That time, he didn’t complain because he wasn’t hitting well.
Now he is vocal about it after hitting a 455-foot homer Thursday.
“I don’t know why I’m off,” he said. “And, of course, they didn’t tell me Thursday — that would be too easy, they waited until today (Friday) when my mom and dad are here for the games.
“I found something working with Chris Chambliss in the batting cage Thursday,” Dunn added. “That’s the way it usually happens for me. Something snaps into place and I say, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s it,’ then I’m able to take it into batting practice and into games.”
Asked what would have happened if he had hit a 500-foot homer, Dunn said, “I probably would have gotten two days off.”
Dave Miley is incompetent, and that’s all you can say about him. He’s incompetent, and he’s joining forces with Dan O’Brien in an attempt to sour Dunn on this organization to the point that there is no chance he’ll sign a long-term contract with the Reds.
Dunn is the best player this organization has had in thirty years, and they’re treating him worse than they treated Juan Castro. That’s a crime, and O’Brien and Miley should be forced to pay with their jobs.
And then there’s this:
Dunn and Austin Kearns have talked often via cellphone since Kearns was demoted last week to Class AAA Louisville. Dunn misses his friend and lockermate.
“I hate it without him,” Dunn said. “All they’re doing is seeing if they can break his confidence, then they’ll want him to start from scratch. He is finally fed up and said he is just waiting to see what happens, knowing if they don’t want him, he can go somewhere else and play every day — like Atlanta, Washington, the Chicago Cubs.
“When that happens, I know what will happen … he’ll hit .325 with 20 homers and 100 RBIs.”
Good-bye Dunn. Good-bye Kearns. It’s been nice knowing you.
Until this team gets new management — from the top down — the Reds have no chance to compete. And it doesn’t have anything to do with small markets or tiny budgets or anything. It has to do with incompetence, and the Reds are being run by people who don’t have a clue what they are doing. Here’s an example of that incompetence:
The shocker is that Kremchek admitted the Reds knew Wilson had a partial tear in his rotator cuff and labral deterioration three years ago when they signed him.
“We signed him anyway,” Kremchek said.
They signed him anyway! Now, all this can’t be laid at O’Brien’s feet, but O’Brien re-signed him. And now we have half a season with an ERA over 7 to show for it. These decisions aren’t just mistakes, they cost the Reds wins. It’s Steve Avery all over again.
Hiring Brad Kullman as GM would have been a good step, but they went with the old-schooler O’Brien…who is going to lead this team straight down the drain.
I’m tired. Tired of investing myself in this club and getting nothing in return. Tired of getting excited only to have my hopes dashed. Tired of cheering for one of the top ten players in the league, only to watch the Reds treat him as if he didn’t matter to the future of the franchise.
I’m simply tired, and many other Reds fans are, as well. At some point, we’re all going to find something else to occupy our interest and our love. It is becoming increasingly clear that the Reds don’t deserve that love…and I’m not even sure that they want it.
These are sad times for fans of this storied franchise….
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.
You can email Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org.