Originally Posted by Ltlabner
Well, I think that part of it is directly atributable to the "blue collar" mentality. They (sorry to be sterotpical) generally want to see tangiable signs of hard work. Run to your position, run hard, freak out and toss a water cooler when you strike out, etc. Cincy is really a blue-collar town. And again, generally speaking blue collar folks want to see something they can identify with...hard work, oriented towards manual effort.
The same as an hourly worker deriding management for "sitting around" all day when, in fact, both hourly and management are working hard...just in different ways.
Personally, I'm far more interested in hard work, however it manifests itself, not just flashy displays that are easy to identify.
I don't think Cincinnati has a "blue-collar" mentality. Cleveland is far and away more "blue-collar" than Cincinnati and there is a different attitude toward sports teams and athletes here than there is in Cincinnati. Cincinnati's attitude towards it's athletes is sui generis, something unique in and of itself. When it comes to baseball, I'd say Cincinnati has a "Pete Rose" attitude that favors hustle above all else. Cleveland, and other blue collar towns I've been to, have a combination of a "put up or shut up" mentality when it comes to its own players, and a "circle the wagons" mentality when it comes to outsiders' opinions of the team. They essentially say "I can dis the Browns or the Indians because I'm from Cleveland, but you better not do it." They really identify with the teams.
Personally, I think Cincinnati's general attitude reflects the attitude of the Southern Germans that made up a sizable portion of the population in the early days of the town. It's a bit complex but there's this combination of laid-back politeness and finding pleasure in the simpler things in life, coupled with manic depression, self-loathing and an underlying current of prejudice (at least in some circles). When things are going good, Cincinnatians can kick back and enjoy it like the best of them. When things are going poorly, they're ready with the torches and pitchforks.
Of course Cincinnatians do love a good "hustler." It's almost funny that the two biggest things to come out of Cincinnati in the last half of the 20th Century were Charlie Hustle and Hustler Magazine.