Originally Posted by Spring~Fields
Are you saying that the fans should not expect a good product?
Or that Walt should be given more time than you have allotted the other gm's?
On some if-come-maybe like we heard from Bowden back in his day of the cry, “we are building for 2003”
While the fans spend their time, energy and money on that?
Why shouldn't we all just come back with our time, energy, interest and money after Walt and the Reds actually have a good product in place?
The Brewers were on the ball back in the mid 2000's when they said they were doing a full rebuild on a 5 year plan. They did it right and in the 4th year they were competitive -- and have been since. It simply takes that long or longer. And the more you try to play for today in the process, the longer it takes to actually get there.
As a fan, I'd much rather have a future to look forward to combined with a clear, reasonable expectation about today than to be fed the owner-cries-win mentality year after year and eventually become so cynical that it just stops being fun.
Fans shouldn't always expect a winner on the field. But a smart GM sets reasonable expectations, stays optimistic and doesn't set fans up for a let-down.