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RFS62
09-04-2007, 01:39 PM
The Reds are the ultimate tease this year.

We all know better. Still, we allow ourselves to be lured back in with their siren song.

We know we're gonna get smashed to bits on the rocky shore. We know.

Doesn't matter. Show us a little leg and we're right back in there, imagining the incredible long shot just may be within reach.....

We know better. We know Lucy is gonna' pull that football back just like she always does. Just like she's done a thousand times before.

We know. And we still try to kick it.

We can't help ourselves, poor pitiful wretches we've been reduced to.

Our odds of really contending before the Cardinal series were about as good as our odds of hitting the lotto. Our odds of hitting the lotto wouldn't be much different had we never been born. But hey, you can't win if you don't play, right?

There we were, checking the standings, imagining that we still could catch lightning in a bottle, the impossible dream, the year choses you.... yadda, yadda, yadda.

We don't think it could happen, really. We've all read more than enough logical explanations as to why it isn't possible. We all know better.

But there's something about baseball that speaks to hope.... hope that the impossible can happen... hope that the world isn't really cold and cruel and the good guy always wins in the end and David really can slay Goliath. It's our better nature that hopes. It's the ability to suspend reality and imagine the unimaginable that makes us this way.

So, that part of our fantasy life that baseball fuels is allowed to run amok a few days, or maybe a few weeks a year.

It's a good thing, really. It's good for the soul. We hone our hope like a sharp sword on the whetstone of cold, cruel reality as Reds fans. I dread the day that I ever give up hope. I don't care what I know, or what I'm told, or what I see. The day I give up hope is the day I really do get old, and that's a day I'll fight until my dying breath.

I've often heard it said that baseball is a metaphor for life. I believe that with all my heart.

That's why it's not wrong to hope. That's why you're not an idiot when you check the standings until the day you're mathematically eliminated.

That's why you allow yourself to be sucked back in after you're sure it's over, even knowing what you know. It's what makes us human, the denial that the entire human experience can be reduced to a formula.

To sleep, perchance to dream.....

Puffy
09-04-2007, 01:56 PM
Geez RFS - there is no more "rep" system, you don't need to write soliloquies to bump up your rep anymore!!!

lollipopcurve
09-04-2007, 02:12 PM
You're the man, RFS62.

deltachi8
09-04-2007, 02:24 PM
Damn, thats be some fine writin'

Nice job, RFS

Chip R
09-04-2007, 02:51 PM
Geez RFS - there is no more "rep" system, you don't need to write soliloquies to bump up your rep anymore!!!


Dude, he can't help it. Shakespeare was his English teacher.

M2
09-04-2007, 02:56 PM
We know better. We know Lucy is gonna' pull that football back just like she always does. Just like she's done a thousand times before.

I keep hoping, metaphorically speaking, that the Reds decide to kick Lucy in the head and run off with the football.

mbgrayson
09-04-2007, 03:50 PM
And even now(or back in June in my case), as we give up hope for winning THIS year, we have hope for next year.

"Boy, look at those rookies! Jay and Joey and Homer and Johnny will be the answer...."

I love it...Still, I feel lucky to have seen the lightening strike a few times; first in the 70s with the BRM, then again in 1990. Hope truly does spring eternal.

KittyDuran
09-04-2007, 04:16 PM
Didn't you or someone else write this last year at the same time (or maybe the year before, the year before that, etc.)? :confused:

Seems I remember some of the stuff - but with this team it's been deja vu all over again for the past 7 seasons... sigh...:(

Roy Tucker
09-04-2007, 04:17 PM
I'm making my reservation.

Same place, same time, next year.

GAC
09-04-2007, 04:31 PM
What you really mean to say is that it's alot like this....

http://www.freesmileys.org/emo/whacky007.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org)

The reason we held onto hope is for two basic reasons.....

1. They had one of the best win-loss records in MLB in August

2. The teams ahead of them, in the worst division in baseball, are playing like they don't want to win it either

Thank God the Reds are in the NL Central!

BCubb2003
09-04-2007, 05:01 PM
Dude, he can't help it. Shakespeare was his English teacher.

What answer shall I make to this base man?
Shall I so much dishonour my fair stars,
On equal terms to give him chastisement?
Either I must, or have mine honour soil'd

WVRedsFan
09-04-2007, 05:13 PM
What answer shall I make to this base man?
Shall I so much dishonour my fair stars,
On equal terms to give him chastisement?
Either I must, or have mine honour soil'd

What he said...I think.:)

RFS62
09-04-2007, 05:14 PM
Dude, he can't help it. Shakespeare was his English teacher.


What answer shall I make to this base man?
Shall I so much dishonour my fair stars,
On equal terms to give him chastisement?
Either I must, or have mine honour soil'd



...it is a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Roy Tucker
09-04-2007, 05:18 PM
What answer shall I make to this base man?
Shall I so much dishonour my fair stars,
On equal terms to give him chastisement?
Either I must, or have mine honour soil'd

http://www.canadianshakespeares.ca/multimedia/video/wayneandshuster.asx

KittyDuran
09-04-2007, 05:18 PM
...much ado about nothing...;)

Ron Madden
09-04-2007, 05:18 PM
...it is a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.


Hey!!! I resemble that remark. :duel: ;)

Dom Heffner
09-04-2007, 05:20 PM
Hope is almost always looked upon as a positive thing; it can be in the right hands. But in the wrong ones it can be a truly terrible creature.

I prefer guided hope to naked hope. Here's to Wayne righting the ship. :)

gonelong
09-04-2007, 05:51 PM
I don't think I have checked the standings all season.

My hope lies not within the team itself, but within the individual players on the squad.


The emergence of Brandon Phillips as a player.

The perserverence of Edwin Encarnacion who's glove is "suddenly" made of leather.

The darn near literal rising from the Ashes of Josh Hamilton.

The maturation of Harang.

Ken Griffey Jr regrouping and putting up those numbers on a pair brittle, old, match-sticks.

Adam Dunn putting up another nice season.

Arroyo, when he is on top of it, tossing in that N*A*S*T*Y curve ball.
That is what has given me a small measure of hope and a large measure of enjoyment this year.

All of that, however, pales in comparison to having a 3 year old boy that asked me to go outside and play ball with him all summer long.

GL

GAC
09-04-2007, 06:08 PM
...it is a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

So is this the forum about nothing? :D

BCubb2003
09-04-2007, 06:22 PM
So is this the forum about nothing? :D

We root for laundry. Smelly, cellar-dwelling laundry.