All season I was sort oh "ehh" on Arroyo. I appreciated his contributions to the team but at the same time I felt like he was just doing his time in Cincinnati until he could leave for the bigger and better pastures. Now, after reading his comments about the city and how much he loves it here, I think he might be the next Reds player I latch onto as one of my favorites. Ever since Casey has left I haven't really had a player that I really liked. Last year when I wanted to get a new Reds jersey I bought a 1990 Larkin model. I respect many of the guys like Harang, Griffey, Phillips, but no one that I really absolutely rooted hard for every day. Arroyo has shown a commitment to the team that I think us fans need to show.
Folks, the catch 22 is now over. It's always been an argument back and forth here about whether the team should spend money to draw fans or whether fans should show up to get the team to spend money. Bob has just dropped big cash for our two MVP's from last year. If the attendance doesn't improve this year it will just be a slap in the face to him. If this team stays near .500 and competes all year and is in it then the ballpark better absolutely packed come every August and September game. I am so excited for this season to start. I finally feel like Wayne is showing me something after I got a little down with the Lopez/Kearns trade. If these two deals haven't given him a little bit longer leash then I'm not sure what will short of trading for Pujols.
I think if this team adds one bat and one proven closer (much easier said then done) they are a serious playoff contender. I think the deal for a bat can wait until the all star break. If Wayne can just pull something off for a proven back of the bullpen arm I am ready to defend this team's playoffs chances against any other team in the league.