Originally Posted by Vottomatic
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.
This is a good observation about Cincinnati fans. I think you're right on about us liking familiarity.
I would say that it wouldn't matter in Tampa either way. Florida is notorious for having bad professional sports fans, and that particular area in Florida is loaded with out of state old folks that went there to retire.