Originally Posted by marcshoe
It's easier to simply say that Cincinnati was home to the first professional baseball team. This may not tell the whole story, but it sounds good and is essentially true.
I could care less about who owned the franchise, what the paperwork was, la di da, la di da. It's meaningless whether or not this franchise can draw a direct line between it and the team in 1869.
It's not like there is anything beyond ethereal belief and faith that connects this team to the Reds of 1969, let alone 1869. There is no one who is part of this team now who was part of the 1969 or 1869 teams.
The world is in a constant state of flux. If we want to believe this is the same team as the 1969 one, or the 1869 one, nothing wrong with it. Same if we want to believe they are not the same team. It's neither true nor false, it's whatever fits the narrative we choose.