Re: Your rooting interest
I'd agree with the sentiment that the "Reds are my family", but perhaps in a different way.
I didn't choose the Reds. I didn't look around, consider my options and pick them. I was born in Columbus in 1982 and was a little league SS in Dayton in 1988 when the Reds had a guy named Barry Larkin. It was inevitable.
Once that happened, I was a Reds fan. And that's where the family thing comes in. You don't pick your family. You grow up with them. You go through life with them, good, bad and otherwise. Sometimes you're close to them, sometimes not. You realize that it's basically arbitrary at the end of the day, but you've got to have somebody.
People change. Rosters turnover. People learn and grow. What defines the fan experience to me is precisely that it isn't a choice. My fandom is rooted in knowing that I'm not going to stop being a fan simply because they trade for a superstar or pick Dusty Baker to be their manager.
And really, how much do we know about the real people we're rooting for anyways. It strikes me as silly to think that we could know so much about so many players' real personalities so as to base a decision such as fandom on that.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.