Re: Your rooting interest
I root for the Reds because its what I do, having been a fan since before birth.
My great grandfather, a belligerent, drunken German claimed to have worked as a crane operator at the Palace of the Fans. He was likely a hod carrier. His daughter owned a boarding house across from the ballpark where my father would meet my grandfather before they went to weekday afternoon games together. We are Cincinnati mutts, Irish immigrants living in the shadows of the ballpark in the West End who married Germans from Lower Price Hill and eventually moved up past the incline, but who took their love of their neighborhood Reds with them. There has never been a day in my life when I actually had to think about rooting for the Reds, its not a question of choice. I don't pay much attention to the rest of the league, I just follow my team through the box scores and here at Redszone. If I go to a game, I keep score so that I can immerse myself in what is going on. Mostly, I will only drink one beer at a game so that I can stay focused on every aspect of it. That's pretty much how I am at any all game, Reds or otherwise. To some extent I am affected by the individual seasons, but as a lifer I'm accustomed to the nature of the game, that is to say I do not get too up or down by one year, but rather I look at the long run. For instance, I've been especially excited to watch the Reds become competent again at developing their own talent after so many years of dragging along the bottom. Seeing the club have a sense of direction and knowing that they could be in any game makes it fun and I don't wring my hands when they go into St. Louis and drop two of three in a pennant race. As for personalities, the only ones that I would say have affected me as a fan are Al Michaels, Marty Brenneman and Joe Nuxhall, the three guys (Marty and Joe mainly) who have brought me the games in my lifetime.
Next Reds manager, second shooter. --Confirmed on Redszone.