Originally Posted by creek14
I'm not Matt, but I dated one once.
And I don't totally agree with your statement. Well I do agree with the incompetence and lack of foresight part.
But maybe someone in the FO is smart enough (slim chance) to realize that if they have another fire sale this July the fans will go ballistic. So let's think of other ways to cut costs. Well we can use those 2003 cups and wow look at this stroke of good luck, the convention center is being rehabed. Hey we can say we can't find any other place to have RedsFest and save a few thousand there.
I can see where you are coming from, creek. But Reds Fest could be a moneymaker for the Reds. I mean, you think John Allen would keep something going if it wasn't making money? Plus they have said that they are in a position where they don't have to cut salaries and quite possibly could add a salary. And there aren't a whole lot of big salaries to cut. Sure, if Casey were traded people would be burning effigies of DanO, Allen and Lindner. If Jr. were traded, people would be upset but in the back of their minds they would realize that he could get injured again at any time and he's no spring chicken anymore. Graves I don't think a lot of people would be that upset with.
I would think there are several solutions to this problem rather than going out and saying, "No RedsFest the next two years cause we can't use the Convention Center. Sucks for you." I would hope they are 100% sure that they cannot stage it anywhere else before they went public with that. A few years ago they did the same thing. They used to have it in January but they said they couldn't get the times they wanted in Jan. so they may not have it. Turns out they did happen to get those dates in Dec. so they were really crying wolf. I hate to say this but if you are going to look at another place to do this, look at the team who started this thing: The Cubs. I think they use some hotel in Chicago for their shindig. I'm sure that the hotels here aren't as big as the ones in Chicago but RedsFest isn't as big as Cubs Fest either.