Originally Posted by 757690
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.
Actually there is.
The Reds as a team have been owned by local owners within a "syndicate" ownership since John Brush sold the team in the early 20th century. One share is the most important as it is the "voting share" and has been owned by such luminaries as The Cox Political Machine (Maintained by Garry Herrmann) Powell Crosley, William DeWitt, Marge and now Bob C.
Brush was the last out of town owner to preside over the Reds.
This Reds team is directly connected to the 1890 Reds of the NL as the 1889 AA Reds "disbanded" to jump leagues.