Re: The Cincinnati Mentality and the Reds
I agree that no amount of hustle can make up for lack of ability. I also agree that a lot of fans don't know the difference between hustle and perceived hustle. What I do know is that a little bit of hustle can make up for lack of performance and a glimpse of that from some players, every once in a while, would do wonders for fan perception. I have played with and coached, many a talented athlete, and more than a few talented ones are more than happy to get by on the talent and sometimes look and be a little bit lazy, to say the least.
From a personal standpoint, I was always accused of not hustling when I played basketball and baseball, simply because my arms and legs were not flying around in 10 different directions when I was playing. I was what you might call, "smooth," and although I may not have looked like I was hustling, I was getting the same job done that the "whirling dervish, Mr. Hustle" was getting done. Just in a different way. I know all about perception. All I had to do to get the coach off my back was to dive after a ball that there was no way in the world that I could get to. For most, that showed "real hustle." For me, it was a waste of energy, but usually effective. It's all about picking your spots and being smart.
There are certain players who are lazy, and there are certain players who are perceived to be lazy. Those of us with a brain know the difference and can call a "spade" a "spade" when we see it. There are a couple of spades on this Reds team. There are also a couple who are sometimes called a "spade" when in reality, they are not.
Talent is God Given: be humble.
Fame is man given: be thankful.
Conceit is self given: be careful.