Re: The light for small markets
One difference between Tampa and Cincinnati is attendance and fan loyalty. The Reds attendance isn't like the Yankees, or Phillies, or Cardinals, or Cubs where they show up in droves. BUT.......the Reds are in that second tier of fan loyalty.
I think this impacts the ability to let guys walk or trade them when they get expensive. Cincinnati fans don't handle that very well. They like familiarty with players. But then again, maybe that's why they lack attendance in Tampa? Maybe. But they still manage to win.
"I can't take this homerism anymore." - 10xWSChamps, August 11, 2010. A Cardinals fan having a problem with all the homerism on Redszone. Classic.
"Man do I miss the days where were didn't need a calculator and an encyclopedia of baseball metrics to enjoy a baseball game ... - MikeS21" - 8/2/12 game thread