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Jay Bruce will undoubtedly make his major league debut at some point in the very near future with the Reds, whether it's this season or next season. Despite him not having appeared in one major league game, there already there seems to be an expectation level for Bruce to help the Reds offensively when he arrives in the big leagues.
Some people seemingly expect Bruce to become a star, and that begs the question ... if Jay Bruce is merely "good" but not a star, will those people be disappointed in him? Will the torches and pitchforks crowd run him out of town when that magical six years of service time creeps up and he suddenly gets expensive? If in 2035 some band isn't recognizing Jay Bruce as being a cultural hero by penning lyrics about him in a popular song (ala Simon and Garfunkel's Mrs. Robinson referencing Joe DiMaggio), will you be disappointed?
Where have you gone, Jay F'n Bruce?
A nation turns its lonely eyes to you (woo woo woo)
What's that you say, Mr. Brennamen?
Cincy's Boss has left and gone away? (hey hey hey - hey hey hey)
Six years ago Adam Dunn made his long anticipated debut with the Reds, and now six years later it almost seems as if there's a large fanbase that's disgruntled, frustrated, and disappointed with what Dunn's accomplished so far in his career, despite him developing already into one of the greatest sluggers this franchise has ever seen. Will that happen to Jay Bruce too?
How high up the pedestal of expectations will you raise Jay Bruce? And if Jay Bruce cannot live up to those possibly lofty expectations, how quickly will you tear him down, boo him off the field, and smash him into pieces?