Re: lack of passion
I'm sure if the Reds called me and asked me to play I'd bring a lot of "passion" to the team.
My talent level is pretty much nil, however, so I would suck, and so would the team if they played me.
"Passion", "scrappiness" and other such immeasureable terms are based entirely on perception, and bear no effect on the outcome of games. I could care less if Dunn gets excited about hitting a home run--only that he does. I coudl care less if Austin Kearns shows passion about playing good defense--only that he does.
But, yes, the past 7 years this team's missing ingredient was *passion*. Dang it, if only we had figured that out before now, Jimmy Haynes, Joey Hamilton, Jimmy Anderson, Paul Wilson, Elmer Dessens and Ramon Ortiz would be running out of storage space for all of their WS rings.
We'll burn that bridge when we get to it.