Re: Bronson Arroyo agrees to two-year contract extension
A couple of years ago I wrote that Cincinnati is one of the few baseball cities in the U. S. where you can't sugar-coat the franchise. I wrote that the strike of '94 soured this town on baseball more than any other. The proof in that was the poor turnout during the '95 playoff season, even during the playoffs. You could barely give tickets away to the series against the Braves.
But with a tradition going back literally to the end of the Andrew Johnson administration, and Opening Day still a Major Holiday in the area, signings like these will bring fans to the stands more than one-year wonder signings like Neagle, et al.
Rob Neyer: "Any writer who says he'd be a better manager than the worst manager is either 1) lying (i.e. 'using poetic license') or 2) patently delusional. Which isn't to say managers don't do stupid things that you or I wouldn't."