Good question, JD:

We’re all fans here obviously, but I think we all have to admit that it’s been quite some time since the Reds have been any good. Probably since 1999, perhaps 2000 if you want to be generous and consider 85 wins to be good. So why do we put up with it?

Go read the entire thing and consider why we do this to ourselves. And why we’re going to continue to support these old Redlegs, no matter what.

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  1. Mr. Redlegs

    It’s all very simple. Any bandwagon dumbass can support a winner, but only a true fan sticks with their teams through the good, the bad and the ugly.

    In fact, to many (albeit older) fans, the process of retooling your roster and going through the machinations of the season and riding the peaks and valleys is what makes the season–and following your team–so much fun.

    No one wins every year; in fact, there have been seven different world champions in seven years. The days of a dynasty ended with free agency. That’s good for the game, good for the fans.

    So you learn and gain perspective about the deep importance of sports (not much), how it’s really an entertainment ($$$) and that when you have ridden the highs and lows of following your team, winning the damn thing is all that much better.

    That’s why you put up with it.

  2. Chris W

    I had an idea back towards the end of 2006 that scared me: What if we NEVER see the Reds win another title during our life time? It’s been documented beyond end about the troubles of Red Sox fans, the stories of those wanting to see them win before they died, or those who lived their entire lives w/o a title. Most of us who post on here were around for the 1990 title, even those for the 75 and 76 runs (not myself) so we won’t have to go through the “I never saw my team win it” frustration. But what about those of us who have chosen to raise our children as Reds fans? I have a 2 year old son who I’ve taken to probably 20 games already and will have no choice but to be a Reds fan due to exposure. The thought hit me that at this trend, he could possibly never see us win a title.

    So back to JD, why do we do it to ourselves, and our kids?? Would it be easier just to let our kids be Yankee fans…?

    …Yes, but then I’d have to kill myself!