This......is.....my.....best......way......to..... ..describe.....how.....it......feels....to......wa tch.....the......Reds.....this.....year.
OK, I think you've got the point.
The other night after the Ross HR, many people started calling this team "special." While I've been a defender of Wayne and while I've been calling for enjoyment of the race regardless of the circumstances, I must say, that I do not think this team is "special."
This team plays hard, they've exceeded most expecations, and they are fairly fun to watch. However, they are just average.
Occasionally, a "just average" team can soar to great heights if they truly have the right mix of "specialness." But this team just doesn't have it.
Tonight's game was a fantastic example. We had a bunch of heroes tonight. The team played their guts out-- gave it their all.
But when the offense stepped it up in the 9th, the bullpen blew it. Then, we the bullpen threw up zeros in the 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th, the offense went silent. Kyle Lohse pitches a gem, and we lose. That's a game that "special" teams win.
We've now followed the most dramatic/important win of the season with two defeats-- the second of which coming in a most painful manner.
I've simply come to accept that the Reds are what they are this year; so-so.
The reason I've been so positive lately is because "so-so" is a MAJOR improvement in my eyes. I am hopeful that we are headed in the right direction. Not convinced, but finally hopeful.
I am enjoying this right now. As long as the standings stay this way, each day will be exciting. But I'm not gonna lie-- this team doesn't make my hair stand up like the team in 1999 did--that was magic. That team could rattle off about 10 of those wins in a row. The 2002 Angels were "special."
The 2006 Reds are just average. We're basically incapable of winning a bunch in a row and I also think we're incapable of totally fading away. Which can certainly be a maddening combination.
I just don't see it folks. I think the Cards will slowly increase their lead and I think we will slowly fade in the WC standings as SOMEONE is bound to go on a big run (Houston?). When it's said I done, I see us right around 80-82 wins, probably 7-8 games out in the division and about 4-5 out in the WC. And some will scream and yell about how we "blew it." But it's hard to blow something you never really had. And I simply don't think the Reds have "it" this year.