Re: Your rooting interest
* 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;
Born into rooting for the Reds. Growing up in Indianapolis and having a father that was a huge Reds fan, I didn't have much say in the matter. It's strange the Reds are so much a part of my identity that I can't imagine having to have made a choice. I almost feel like someone who chose to be a Reds fan is more of a fan than I am because at some point they made an eyes wide open decision to root for the Reds.
Personality probably plays a small part in whether or not I like a particular player but I like players from all over the league and I root for the Reds unconditionally.
* whether, and why, your attraction to the team has fluctuated over the seasons;
Yes, but more because of my life than anything that the Reds management or players have done. Through high school and college I still thought I could be my favorite Reds players. It wasn't until after college that I really viewed myself as a fan. I followed the Reds through college but I thought they were more future colleagues than anything else. It's funny to admit that now.
* whether your affinity for the club declined or picked up (if either) after Griffey and Dunn were traded
Yes, for a short time. As I stated above until, 2003-2004 I still thought that if I could stay healthy I was going to play professionally, so those two seasons I really started to become a fan. I came to this board in 2006 and one of my first posts was posting that I thought the batting order should be the pitcher hitting 8th (no matter who) and Dunn hitting 9th. I had never heard of advance statistics and I thought for sure I was so clever that I would be praised for my creativity and hilarity, because obviously every other Reds fan felt the same as I did. I was shocked out at how my post was torn to shreds. OPS!? Strike Outs are just outs!? I pushed back for a while but it wasn't long before I realized these new stats made too much sense for me to ignore and I became a believer.
Dunn was soon one of my favorite players right next to Junior and I was one of their staunchest defenders. Intangibles fell further and further down my list of things that were important in a ball player, give me talent and give me production.
It did sting when they were traded. I didn't disagree that it was time but I had developed a connection to those guys. For my short time I considered myself to have been an active fan those were the first two guys I'd really made that connection with. When they were traded it felt almost as rough as when Reggie Miller retired from the Pacers and Peyton Manning was released by the Colts.
I didn't root for the Reds any less. I wanted them to win just as bad but honestly for a while I did miss seeing Dunn and Griffey out there. Luckily this Joey Votto character has come along and he's not a bad ball player.
* 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.
I don't think their character/leadership assets has had a great deal to do with the upturn. Rolen was fairly productive and was an excellent defensive 3rd baseman. Ludwick had a productive season last year. I believe their leadership skills are a positive but marginal impact on the overall upturn. I believe the upturn can be much more accurately linked to overall talent improvement, specifically the pitching staff.
"three dimes, a one hundred dollar bill and and 87 ones..."
Last edited by Razor Shines; 08-28-2013 at 03:51 AM.