Originally Posted by westofyou
That's gravestone stuff right there.
The man accomplished alot... some not so kosher, some very cool... but the fact is the aforementioned.
Neither did CBS, that's why George bought the Yankees from them for a pittance.
We can only hope we get the same results from Castellini as the Yankees have from George.
I think Lindner's legacy is so far removed from the Reds that we're a blip on the radar. His detractors will point at the Chiquita - Enquirer controversy. His proponents will look at a lifetime of charity and philanthropy.
The Reds.... a minor blip.
It's more important to us than it has been to him, to be sure. And rightfully so.
I think his motives were pure and he was encumbered by a lack of understanding of the business of baseball. Yeah, he made money on the deal, and he got some nice tax breaks. I can live with that.
I'm sure he wishes his tenure had been more productive. I'm sure he thought he was doing the right thing when he extended Larkin. I'm sure he completely bought in to DanO's presentation and the "rebuilding of the infrastructure" philosophy. I'm sure he thought he was doing the right thing for the franchise, to build for the future.
It was the right time for him to sell, and he did. He stepped up when he was needed, and now he's stepping down.
His stewardship of the Reds will be a footnote in his legacy, regardless of which side of the ledger you see it on.