Re: I can't believe we're considered to be this bad....
It's spring and everyone is optimistic. Of course it's understandable to drink some of the koolaid and feel good about the Reds. I do it every year as well - I'm excited about the growth of EdE & Josh Hamilton and whether or not Homer makes the team. That's why we love spring and we love baseball - every year is a rebirth and a chance to be new.
Unfortunately, spring always turns to summer and the flowers tend to wilt in the heat. Much like the optimism about how well the Reds will do this year. I think it's forgotten that the Reds "pennant" race last year was nothing more than a circumstance of the NL environment rather than the Reds being a good team.
Sub out Rich Aurilia for Jeff Conine & you pretty much have the 2006 Reds on repeat. Which was not a good production the first time we saw it. Certainly doesn't get any better in syndication.