AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Did you hear? The Reds played some baseball badly. BURN IT DOWN!!!! TORCH IT!!!! FIRE SALE!!!!!
Going out of business!!! We got your Suarez, 70% off. We got your Votto, FREE! Just carry him out of the store!!!! A few selected items are still at a premium – FOR NOW – but rest assured, everything must gooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yeah, okay, really. You know what happened? The Reds played badly for two weeks. It’s happened many times to many teams. It matters not at all in terms of this year. We should expect them to improve. We should be watching the performance of certain players. But anyone who gives up on a baseball team after two bad weeks in the the third year of a rebuild is missing the point entirely.
If it’s June and still no one is hitting, you can worry. If a pitcher or two who are supposed to be part of the next competitive team are getting regularly shelled, you can worry.
Have some bad decisions been made? Of course. But let’s be clear, what really matters is the performance of certain players who are pivotal in the plan to make the Reds good again. That’s what we need to watch. The Reds had the slimmest of chances to grab a wild card this year (and who knows, stranger things have happened), but that wasn’t what anyone really expected.
I expect that they will still finished with a better record than last year. No, I am not joking. The 1990 Reds had a stretch during which they were 3-12. The Dodgers had an awful stretch last year.
This column will likely return to normal next week, but I thought it was important to take a week and give everyone a space to calm down. I think it would be good this week to take a little time and discuss the ways in which we’re still hopeful. Any positives we’ve seen. That kind of thing. So try that in the comments. A few of you have, let’s be honest, provided the same diatribe about whatever aspect of the team you’re unhappy with in pretty much every column on the site. Cool. We have comments for a reason, but it’s okay to sing a different song sometimes.
The only thing from this last week that really worries me is that 70 percent of you did not pick the obviously correct answer in the Twitter poll.
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) April 16, 2018
Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.