Re: The Cincinnati Mentality and the Reds
Fans would rather overachieving hustle that loses than underachieving talent that loses.
The problem with this is that the "talent" can turn it around and start winning eventually; the "hustle" can't. It's a horribly gross simplification, but that's the problem in a nutshell.
In reality, all players have both talent and hustle to varying degrees. But when you start to prioritize hustle over talent, and you build a team that's short on talent, no amount of hustle will make up for that. Eventually, after you lose for the 9th consecutive year, fans become bitter that the talent they do have isn't enough. If only they'd hustle more... You never hear fans complaining the hustle they have isn't talented enough.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.