Just like most of his fellow Reds employees, Jason LaRue isn’t sure what to expect when Robert Castellini assumes control of the team later this month.
From everything the veteran catcher has heard secondhand, though, he believes new ownership will serve the Reds well.
“From what I’ve heard, I think we’re on the right track,” said LaRue, who was in town Thursday for a routine physical. “Hopefully we’re turning over a new leaf right now and we’re going to go out and do the right things and try to win. That’s the most important thing, is to try.”
The prospect of ownership making a legitimate effort to field a winning team has plenty of appeal to LaRue. With Sean Casey’s departure, LaRue is now the longest-tenured Reds player. As he noted Thursday, the bulk of his big-league career has meshed with lean times for the organization that drafted him.
I’m trying not to get caught up in thinking that the new ownership is going to make a big difference. I’ve just been let down too many times by this organization.
But wouldn’t it be nice to contend again?
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