Re: Reds fans lack character...
When I go to games, one of my favorite places to watch from is the concourse area right behind home plate. From my perspective there, the crowd is hanging on every pitch, and really into it.
No, we don't get the fever/intensity of the Citizens Bank Park/Fenway crowd, but the east coast and midwest are two different mentalities.
I do notice, though, that many fans show up rather late/leave rather early, and I doubt you see much of that at the aforementioned parks, but this is a proud town with a rich baseball history. Most everyone is wearing Cincinnati Reds stuff (and you don't necessarily see that at other parks i.e fans wearing gear)
As for the fanbase thing, I don't give a crap who someone else roots for.