I've been a Reds fan since 1970, when I was six years old. This current team, including management is losing me fast and if things don't change I may just drop my interest in the team. If I want to root for a bad team, I have one right here in D.C., and that bad team at least looks like it is trying.
Here are some of my problems with the current Reds (there isn't enough bandwith to go through everything):
1. Ownership--I like BobCast personnally (I've actually met him), but his talk and his actions are not consistent. He claims to be inpatient, but the Reds are dead last in baseball at Memorial day and he is standing by his GM/manager.
2. GM--I'm sure Krivsky has a plan, but his failure to see the picture from the fans perspective makes me nuts. What do I mean? Most fans under the age of 50 are used to having a team that can compete. From 1970 to 1981 the Reds were in a pennant race almost every year. After a few lean years (in which fans could see the team getting better yearly) the Reds were again competitive and won it all in 1990. From 1990 to 2000, the Reds were never down for more than a year or two and were usually competitive. However, its been many years since the Reds have finished above .500--the fans are restless, we aren't Cubs fans after all. We see the Cardinals get titles and accolades as the greatest baseball town. We see others pass this great franchise by. And then we see the GM say he has all the faith in the world in the manager, and he implys that the fans are nuts to think there is anything wrong with the manager (and the coaches). We know better, we've seen better and we don't want a 5 year rebuilding, we want to be in a pennant race, and I think Mr. Krivsky doesn't understand that sentiment.
3. Manager. I could go on and on about him. I know you can't blame the manager for players baserunning errors and strikeouts and throwing grand slam pitches down the middle of the plate. But someone is the leader of the team. Night after night, someone makes a mistake. Someone is pitching that most of us on RZ know shouldn't be out there for one reason or another (sick, overworked, bad matchup). I know managing 25 millionaires or soon to be millionaires isn't easy, but other teams find managers that can do it, why can't the Reds?
4. The Players. Oh, they say the right thing most of the time. But these guys aren't supposed to be playing like the 1962 Mets, yet they do not play fundementally sound baseball. Almost every player on this team seems to be coasting this season. Maybe they are too tense--if they are, someone on the team needs to do something to relieve the tension otherwise things will get worse before they get better.
I don't know what the answers are but I can tell you that this team, at almost the 1/3 point of the season is a total failure.