Originally Posted by Dwarftree
But i would like to go a bit off-topic here. How come that there is such a rivalry thing between the Reds and the Cards? Even though i follow the Reds now for over 20 years it sometimes is a bit hard to understand that for someone who lives in Europe. You donīt have the insight in (what might be) local stuff.
My multi-part theory.
One: The two are division rivals, so there is naturally going to be some rival brewed from division competitiveness.
Two: Dusty Baker and Tony LaRussa. These two had some bad blood between them and carried it with them.
Three: Loud Mouths on both Teams. Carpenter and Phillips.
Four: 2010 Brawl. Things just haven't healed since then. Molina and BP starting the scuffle. Cueto ending another players career.
My guess is once you get the personalities out of the way (Carpenter, Phillips, Larussa, Baker) things will go to a friendlier rivalry. Carpenter/Larussa retired, Baker fired... I don't really see Phillips carrying the hatred torch as even his language has softened on the Cardinals.
Matheny has already shown that he runs the team differently. That will go a long way into helping Reds fans focus on less trivial things and the love for the Reds.