Re: Castellini..."Wayne Krivsky's greatest asset is his decisiveness."
This is one of the most frustrating quotes I've seen in quite awhile:
"The criticism he received on the Washington trade is fine," Castellini said. "It showed people cared. But we thought it was a good trade. He was going to bolster up that bullpen. Matter of fact, it did turn out that way. If you take a look at what happened last year, we had a great season in many respects. But probably the thing that hurt us the most were our bats slowing down the last four or five weeks."
Am I reading this right? Bob C sez, and I paraphrase...
1) It's okay that the trade has been criticized because it means the team still has fans
Yes it does, long suffering ones who wonder "why, why why?!"
2) The trade was meant to upgrade the bullpen.
That point has been made, yes, we know.
3) It did upgrade the bullpen.
That, Bob, is debatable. Very debatable. If we got anything out of the bullpen, it was on the arms of Weathers, Coffey, Guardado, and Schoenweiss... none of whom were even part of the trade.
4) The Reds had a great season "in many respects."
Except for all the respects that count. They were only competitive because the rest of the division was historically weak. Any other season and no one would be talking about "many respects."
5) The lack of offense is what ultimately hurt the team's chances.
Yes! I agree! And why is that? Hmmm...
"Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013