Originally Posted by Ltlabner
Not sure, but GABP has been dead empty the few games I've watched on TV and the 5 games I've attended. One of those days (forget which one) I swear you could swing a dead cat and not hit another spectator.
Disturbing that you used that image/example to make your point. I would have used "fired a machine gun all around you and not hit another spectator" but that's just me.
Dead cats simply do not deserve to be swung around at weeknight Reds games. Dead cats should be reserved for Mike Brown's front yard. You think if we dump 5,000 of them on Mike Brown's lawn that he would get the message? Whoops. Wrong site.
As for Jocketty in as GM, Krivsky out, I was surprised like many on this board. But I shouldn't have been. No matter what Jocketty said to reporters (toeing the company line) that he didn't want to be GM, he was just saying that to not be a jerk to Krivsky. It should have been obvious that if the Reds got off to a crappy start that he would be out and Jocketty would take over the baseball ops. However, I fully expected Krivsky to get the full year.
Does seem like a kneejerk reaction, but if Cast is bent on winning, I can't argue with that. I like that he seems a bit desperate to win. Beats the alternative that we've had here for years with owners who are so-so about doing what it takes to win. Who knows if Castellini will reach his goals, but I like that he's aiming high and putting his money where his mouth is. I'm comfortable with our payroll and a good GM could do a lot more with it. Once we get rid of cripping contracts like Griffey's, Freel's, Ross', Coffey's, Gonzalez's, Stanton's, Castro's, etc... hopefully Jocketty will be able to put a much better team on the field with roughly the same team salary (Reds are something like 19th in MLB, not too bad... and I bet Castellini would be willing to up that a little bit more.)
The good news is we have a great base of young players to build a franchise around. Not so sure why everyone is so down on Jocketty. All I remember is he used to put good teams on the field for the Cardinals every year. He would make good trades like bringing McGwire and Edmonds to town. Carpenter came for cheap from Toronto. The Cards always won while he was there. No reason to believe he can't get the job done here. He is certainly qualified for the position and I'm anxious to see what he will do with the best crop of young talent the Reds have boasted since the 70's. We've had some solid crop of young players over the years, but few better than Cueto, Volquez, Bailey, Bruce, Phillips, Votto... And even our ace pitcher (Harang) is just hitting his prime at 29 and signed for the next three years. If anything, Jocketty's track record with the Cardinals tells me good times are ahead in Cincinnati. And if he made some mistakes trading young studs in StL, then I bet he learned from it. Looking at his overall resume, he did a great job. The Cardinals were willing to spend money, but they were actually closer to the Reds than they were to the Yankees/Red Sox in spending. We're not talking about some Brian Cashman with unlimited funds who still has no clue how to formulate a good pitching staff.