Re: Your rooting interest
My rooting interest for the Reds??...well it drove me here to Redszone today despite wanting to curl up in the fetal position for tonight's finale in St Louis...it is the drug that simultaneously sustains and often-times crushes my annual summer soul...
For me, the marvel of the internet is in its ability to rekindle my (quite frankly) over zealous passion for this team...I fell in love with the Reds from afar living in Florida since 1971 as a young child...but the sports fan in my home (my mom) loved the Reds, so they became my team...my literal 1st Reds memory is Game 5 1972 playoffs...the 70's and 80's gave me a chance to travel to Tampa 1 time each spring with family to see a spring training game, then pray to see an occasional NBC game of the week while also reading my weekly subscription to Reds Alert and Sporting News (god, it was fun pouring over boxscores each week)...
As I got older life got in the way until the joy of internet radio broadcasting sports really came of age in my world in 1999...oh my goodness, you mean I can listen to Reds games now...why is it that I always remember Pookie Reese's walkoff homer from that year???...then Direct TV (and eventually MLBtv) allowed me to see Reds games literally for the 1st time in my life on a regular basis...and it's been one of the most fun things ever to pass along my silly obsession with my 2 (now) teenage daughters who either a: love them too with a passion or b: they simply placate the ole dadster!
I root for the fabric...always have, always will...has it helped me that my formative relationship with the Reds gave me 2 favorite players (Bench, then Larkin) that played their entire careers in Cincy...but as much as I loved Hamilton, Dunn and Griffey, I never lost a bit of interest and love for the Reds while really never following the individuals when they left (though I was happy for any success they had)...would I comfortably root for a Ryan Braun or Alex Rodriguez if they were Reds??...probably not, but my love of the fabric, the team I love would not diminish...(now if they became the Portland Jailblazers of the '90s...hmmm)
Finally, do the "intangibles" matter??...well not more than having an 8th inning reliever that can miss bats or a lineup that puts together great AB's especially with RISP...BUT I strongly believe in the value of synergy and its effect on the final result...having spent 21 years as a head HS basketball coach in Florida, I know well of the dynamic of the lockerroom...internal leadership does have value...dynamic personalities (if not in opposition with others in the room) can have a wonderful uplifting ability to those less experienced, less confident...it does play a role IMHO even with professional athletics...why do teams overachieve??...underachieve??...sometimes there's no accounting for results that defy the simple mathematics...I believe that often is related to that synergistic effect brought on by ALL teams...but I'd still rather have Choo than Freel, Votto than Casey, and a thriving Frazier over the hurt, slumping Rolen...
As a basketball coach, I have to remind myself constantly of the marathon of a baseball season and its unique psychological stressors on players...nothing else quite like it except maybe the majors in golf...
Thanks for reminding me of how deeply I love this team even while I prepare to scream at them again tonight!
You cannot defeat an ignorant man in an argument!
-William Gibbs McAdoo
Though many of us here are sure trying