Lonnie Wheeler, Cincinnati Post
Krivsky was willing to make that exchange on the basis that his principles, which blend nicely with Narron's, involve winning with pitching and defense. They're sound principles, and will not be disputed here.
But will they bring the folks back to the fold? In this age of home run highlights and video-game sensibilities, can a team draw - can a franchise prosper - with an emphasis on pitching and defense?
"It's a good question to mull over," said Castellini. "But wins are where you have to start. Whatever your game plan is, you're after the W. You can't just be after crowd-pleasing home runs all the time. You've got to win.
"Some of the greatest thrills I've ever had in my life, as a spectator, were watching those walk-off home runs. Are you kidding me? You can't get a better thrill than that. But I think a fan would rather go home winning 2-1 than losing 9-8. In Cincinnati, they've been at it for a long time. They don't like to be had. You'll get excitement for a winner.