Originally Posted by Plus Plus
This seems like the most appropriate place to put this.
To any pessimists on RZ, please remember how much less fun it was to lose close to 100 games earlier in the decade. I am 23 years old and have never gotten to see the team that I have loved ever since I can remember (the 1995 playoffs are incredibly distant by now), with my earliest Reds memory being yelling for Eric Davis to look up at me in the stands of Riverfront Stadium.
Love this team, love this season. I know the players and coaches probably wouldn't ask for anything more.
Man, after reading that article, I'm feeling bad that I ever started this thread.
I love the Reds as much as I cam love any sports franchise, and when baseball is mentioned, I can't even ponder liking any other team. I've liked certain players from other teams, but never another team as a whole.
This Reds team is special. If I bring out bitternes that was once tossed around on here by saying this, I apologize, but over the last few years, especially those where we had Dunn and Junior on the same team, it seemed like such a negative vibe going around that it almost felt uncomfortable to even watch them play on television.
When I watch this team play now, I see a team in which EVERY player respects and values the talents that each brings to the table.
A good case in point was a couple of weeks back when Cordero blew the save against the Pirates and the Reds ended up losing on the Sunday of that series. I looked in and saw Brandon Phillips consoling Cordero.
So, yes, "on paper" the Reds may not be able to compete with Philadelphia, Texas, New York, or Tampa, but when it comes down to playing with heart and soul, I think this team has enough to win the World Series.