Two things going on right now in Cincy and at Redszone:
1. A pennant race
2. Debate over how to construct this team
Unfortunately, it's becoming harder and harder to distinguish #1 from #2 and I think it's clouding much of the Reds fan-nation emotions right now.
#1 is made possible by the utter mess that is the NL right now. No doubt about that. Any other year, and #1 isn't on the list-- it's only #2.
But, it IS what is IS. It IS a pennant race. It IS a pennant race in Cincinnati. That sentence hasn't been written on this board in August in a long, long time-- most likely before most had ever heard of Redszone.
I, for one, am confused.
One part of me always has the longterm interest of the organization in mind. Our minor league "talent" scares me. Other than Homer, I have little hope. I see that some of our more productive players are older guys having big years. That scares me. I see a rotation that is improved from the nightmare it has been, but still paper thin and in need of at least one more MAJOR addition for this team to really take the next step. I see a GM caught between trying to win now and trying to win down the road as well.
As many of you know, I was (and remain) in favor of the Washington trade. I am not sold by any means that it was the right thing to do-- but I think it was the right risk to take as long as it is part of a greater plan.
But today, for the first time in forever, I was juiced about a single game all day long. It reminded me of 1999 in so much as my excitement level for a series. This team isn't nearly as good as our 1999 team and I don't "believe" in this team like I did that one either. So, it's not the same. But it's as close as I've been since then. And I wonder if I should maybe latch on to this as long as I can?
We're tied for the wild card on August 8th. We're 4.5 games out of the division w/ 6 games over the next week against the team in front of us. Football is a welcome "addition" to the sports landscape for me this year, rather than a welcome eraser of yet another lost baseball season.
I am still HIGHLY skeptical of this front office, and highly skeptical of this particular team. But my advice to everyone here is to do your best to put those fears/concerns aside, take a look at the standings, and start rooting your tail off. With this organization, who knows when we'll get another chance?
The gamethread was a comedy of whining and crying tonight. The 13-1 score was certainly a major contributor, but I couldn't help but thinking that the tone seemed "off" for a team in our current situation. Almost seemed a shame. I'm not calling anyone out. I'm not complaining. I'm not telling anyone how to "be a fan." Just making an observation and maybe handing out some friendly advice from a person who knows what it's like to be tortured by their favorite teams.
Enjoy it folks, because this time last year, there wasn't even a reason to visit the gamethread.