Back in 1990, I recorded all the Reds’ NLCS and World Series games. Lately, I’ve been converting those VHS tapes to DVD, so I’ve been watching some of those games.
Wow. It’s been so long since the Reds have been competitive, I had nearly forgotten how much fun it was to follow a winning team. I’m so tired of watching a team that far too often acts like it doesn’t care whether they win or not. I want to root for a contender again. (Do you hear me, Mr. Castellini?)
I have an idea to return the Reds to a competitive state. What do all the recent great Reds teams have in common? This:
Yeah, I know these uniforms are ugly, but the Reds used the same basic jersey in their last three World Series victories, not to mention that they were the hallmark of the Big Red Machine. It’s time the Reds returned to the pajama-style pullover jersey. It’s the only way they are going to return to the Series.
Or they could add some good pitching. That might work, too.
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.