Re: The 2010 Reds were NOT a "special" team (which might be a good thing)
Edskin - I think you nailed it all the way around. The '99 team was lightning in a bottle while this team seems to have arrived ahead of schedule. The difference in my mind is the organization itself and pitching with an abundance of legit arms. Cueto, Wood and Bailey performed well on the big stage. Chapman, Volquez, Leake should all be major factors in 2011. Work needs to be done around the edges, but tasting the postseason in 2010 was a nice first step back to baseball legitimacy for the franchise. The '99 team would crush the 2010 team in a series, but I'd take the Reds of 2010 going forward anytime.
Also add Rhodes and Edmunds to the nicked up list, Leake being shut down, Harang a complete non-factor all season and EV coming off of surgery and being your Game 1 starter. It really is amazing this team managed to win 91 games when you think about the injuries and nagging injuries that seemed to accelerate in the Aug/Sept timeframe.