I've been disappointed very year since 1990. However, this season has been a blast to watch. Being in contention and having evey game mean something is always fun.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
Did you want them to win wire to wire and capture the WS? That's long gone.
Did you want them to play excellent baseball, make a postseason appearance, and be competitive for the big shot? I'm not sure what's to be on the fence about here the Reds are doing it. But let's not fool ourselves, there are other very tough teams out there and if the Reds want it they'll have to take it, it's not going to be gifted to them.
If anything, the last two years of baseball should tell us that if teams can stay close to the October hunt, big things are possible.
Reds are at the upper echelon of that October at the moment. Sit tight, show faith, they will reward you with October baseball.
It is literally the only time in my years of Reds rooting that I've entered a season thinking the WS was a real possibility. If asking for that once in 25 years or so makes me unrealistic..... Then I guess I'm unrealistic
The injuries have been a factor, for certain, but still expected better than 10 over .500.
Rounding third and heading for home...
FWIW the great 1990 team lost like nine in a row at this time of the year, barely played .500 ball for two and a half months and win the WS in four games
I can tell ya I didn't expect that at all after their poor late season
In short it's August and the Reds are ten games above .500, there is still a lot of baseball to be played, if you want perfection go look up some TSN from 1976 and read about the 1976 Reds, cause it won't get better than that and I've come to except it myself.
2006 Cardinals won 83 games. They lost 9 of their last 12. Flags fly forever.
Simple answer? Yes.
I expected a 95 win team, so I'm a little disappointed so far, but I'm loving every minute of it just the same as I have every season since I was 8 years old.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
I'm absolutely in the middle. I hate not being in 1st but I'm glad they're over .500 and still in a playoff spot.
You could easily mistake me for a fan that's completely content. That's only because there's no excuse for someone that's truly a fan of a team to write them off, bash the players, management, coaches, front office and ownership when they're well over .500 and currently holding on to a playoff spot. If you complain that's fine but some of the comments around here about the Reds amaze me so I have to defend a team that I'm not really all that excited about.
But up to this point I'm fairly disappointed. And if we continue the two month long trend we've been on, it is quite likely we won't be playing in October.
I will repeat: Outside of para, Leak and Cingrani, is there any player on this team stepping up and playing better than you expected? Anyone on offense?
wlf WV (08-04-2013)
IMO, only main difference with last year is health and stength of Pirates and Cardinals. No other real differences with last season.
I'm overall reasonably satisfied with the quality of the team. A few performances could certainly be better, but others could certainly be worse. Dissapointed that we have a tough road ahead to win the division, but not sure that has a lot to do with the current players on the team.