Originally Posted by Nasty_Boy
Not only are the most of the fans stupid, but Doc isn't so bright himself. He keeps talking about players the Reds can afford... Well it isn't his money, and Carl Linder doesn't own this team anymore. The problem with payroll hasn't been the Adam Dunn, Ken Griffey, Francisco Cordero's it's been the Stanton, Castro, Freel, and Pattersons. They can spend big money, they just can't spend it on guys that suck! Dunn is worth his money and he is affordable, Doc just isn't a Dunn fan so he thinks it's a bad idea. I heard a caller suggest moving Votto to LF and signing Texieria and Doc dismissed the idea with saying Tex was to expensive. Well if Big Bob pays for quality players and puts a winner on the field, the stands are filled and he's making money.
Agree with you. I don't think Doc and a lot of the other guys would know where to start talking about the Reds if they didn't have their "small market team" mantra to cart out.
Try this on for size.... I was doing some research tonite about something else and came accross a statement that the Cincinnati and Dayton Metro areas have and are continuing to grow into each other so much that as soon as the next census (2010) they may end up being listed as a single combined metro area. The estimated population of this combined metro would be 3+ million; and, in population it would rank around 15th in size for the entire country. Even given the ballpark is pretty much at one extreme of this combined metro, it still seems to me that calling it a small market is a stretch. And this doesn't even consider that Columbus and Indy are both just 100 miles or a slight touch over from the ball park.
I think somebody who had the money up front, a "build it and they come" outlook, and who marketed to the entire region could make it work like a top tier market.