Something feels different this season. Something inside of me has changed. This team is playing poorly, and isn't taking advantage of being in a poor division, yet I don't find myself infuriated. I'm much more patient than I've ever been.
Maybe it comes with increasing age, but I think it has more to do with this team's owner. I feel very confident in the future, something I've never felt before as a Reds fan. I know how much this owner wants to win, and while it doesn't make up for being a losing team, it eases the sting a little bit.
This team is still in transition mode. I think last year was more of a fluke year that got all of our hopes up, but the situation is what it is. Krivsky and Cast. are still in the process of cleaning up an absolute disaster. It's going to take time, and I'm willing to wait a little while longer for us to get this right.
I'm not waving the white flag on this season, but on the same hand, I see the iceberg coming right at us, head on. And I'm not going to jump ship on this team, because sooner or later, the gigantic hole from that iceberg WILL be patched up, and not with a big tarp (the Jim Bowden way).
It's hard to be patient, because we've been patient long enough, and have been promised too many things that never came true. But be patient just a little while longer. Nothing is sweeter than ending up on top after so many hardships. I still have as much confidence today as I did a year ago at this time. Maybe that makes me naive and delusional, but I feel this team is on its way.
The scouting department is getting rejuvenated, and the front office is starting to work cohesively together as one unit. Good things are in store for us, and I'm willing to put up with what probably won't be a very good season to see the rewards down the road.