Tired of talk. Win!
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: The Commonwealth
Re: Your rooting interest
Like others have said, you can message me if you'd like to ask other questions or follow up questions.
* whether your rooting interest in the Reds is at all related to the character, effort, and personalities of the individuals who make up the roster
I'm a Reds fan by blood, more or less. My father and my uncle got me into the Reds in the mid-80's when Pete came back. I simply had to know what the big deal was. I started collecting cards and they'd make comments when I got a Red, Hume, Pastore and Soto all come to mind as ones they made comments about. From there I became enamored with Eric Davis. I would play the outfield in sandlot type games and I would slap my thigh with the glove like he did. From there it was Barry and the Nasty Boys, and then the mid-90's and college took me away a bit, then I came back from casual interest to a deeper interest. Then came Griffey, Dunn, and the hope that never was quite realized.
Yeah I get into certain players, always have, but I root for the Reds. If I get fed up and don't enjoy watching for a while I don't go to another team. It's like marriage and that would be cheating. The Reds are family, its as simple as that. I know they don't see it that way, I'm just the guy that gives them money every season, but for me theres no changing. If I stopped cheering for the Reds, it would mean I'm not cheering for anyone.
* whether, and why, your attraction to the team has fluctuated over the seasons
Only a little here and there. When I went to college I didn't have as much time between beer and beer, but I would always check in from time to time. Losing didn't help much in the last decade, but I watched most nights.
*whether your affinity for the club declined or picked up (if either) after Griffey and Dunn were traded
Not in particular. The relationship with Griffey was never what any fan wanted I don't think. We wanted The Kid, and due to injuries we didn't get that. Instead we got aloof and moody, even if he was a superstar. We all wanted him to come here and finish off his hall of fame career with another 400 home runs and a carload of World Series titles. So his departure was, bittersweet. It was time, that's all that can be said. I think we all wish Griffey loved Cincinnati as much as we do.
* whether you believe that Jocketty’s penchant for bringing in players with evident character/leadership assets—Rolen, Cabrera, Ludwick, perhaps Gomes—has played a substantial role in the organization’s competitive upturn over the past few years.
Yes I do. I love my stats brothers and sisters, but players need to learn how to win sometimes. I'm not saying its all about leadership, I'm just saying its one ingredient in the recipe of success.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Cincinnati Bengals - None
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98