Originally Posted by Big Klu
Everyone of us who is over 40 should have to read this. We sometimes forget that our younger fans never had the opportunity to experience the glory days of the 70's. (I'm 42, and I'm just barely on the cusp of having been able to enjoy that time.) Many of them weren't even able to experience or enjoy the wild ride in 1990. The last 2-3 years have been the best Reds baseball in their memories. So let's not be so jaded by the rough times of 1997-2009 (1999 excepted) as to bring everyone down. Fan interest is up, and people are talking about the Reds! Hang with 'em--it's a marathon, not a sprint!
I'm late 40's and remember the '75 & '76 team like the back of my hand. We had season tickets in the blue seats at Riverfront along the third base line.
I remember the '90 team really well too.
My favorite players were Tony Perez, Mario Soto, Eric Davis, and Jose Rijo.
It's just hard for me to see this team run out low OBP hitters in the 1 and 2 spots and lack a true cleanup hitter. The structure of the lineup bothers me.
Like me, many posters on here have been clamoring about the leadoff spot and cleanup spot for the last 3 years. It frustrates that in 3 years Reds management hasn't solved the problem. I really think solving those problems are the final moves to helping this team go farther.
Until then, this will be a team that plays .500 ball or teases the fans while they try and hang in first place. They just can't seem to put some distance between them and the rest of the pack in the Central.
What I enjoy is watching guys like Todd Frazier emerge, and always watching a Joey Votto at-bat, or a Phillips outstanding defensive play. I still think they are a couple of years away from being serious World Series contenders. Sure, they make the postseason, but they aren't much better than '10 right now to make me think they can win it all.