Re: I wonder what the players think now...
Why are so many people piling on around here? It was a great season. Fact. So we lost in the playoffs, and it stung. Get over it. The 70 Reds lost in the World Series. So did the 72 Reds. The 71 Reds sucked. The 73 and 74 Reds fell short. And you know what? They won back to back titles in 75 and 76. Thank God Redszone wasn't around back then, Sparky would've been run out of town with pitchforks by 75.
The players handle it better because they aren't prone to hyperbolic thinking. They know they tried their best. They know that there's also a tomorrow. They think rationally. Unlike internet message boards.