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    Re: What's your excitement level for this year?

    I'm excited. I've got hope.

    Long time since we could say that.
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    Re: What's your excitement level for this year?

    I have hope. I'm still at a 7. Once Pitchers and Catchers report I will be at an 8 or 9. 10 is reserved for World Series.
    It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
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    Re: What's your excitement level for this year?

    This is the first time in a while where I feel like we actually have enough talent to compete if guys perform up to their ability. That doesn't mean I think they will do that, but for once I don't think hope for success requires hoping for the failure of everybody else around us.
    Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.

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    Re: What's your excitement level for this year?

    I'm as excited for a year as I have been in about 10 seasons or so. Easily. Well, at least since the spring of 2000 and the acquisition of Jr. And it is NOT because I think they necessarily can win, or should win, the division.

    Rather, I am excited because:

    (1) Phillips and Dunn are a fun core, and I like those guys;

    (2) there is going to be depth at AAA in the rotation, and I can't remember the last time that was the case;

    (3) as much as I was not a huge fan of the Baker hire, I can certainly give him a chance, and it is always fun to hear from the new guy. And, really, I think teams respond well to him initially, and his brand of intensity will be welcome in my view.

    (4) Votto and Bruce this spring would by themselves be a fascinating story, toss in Volquez, Bailey, Cueto, Maloney and the Affeldt experiment, and it will be something non-stop interesting every day.

    (5) The fact that this team looks like it has a plan now. And I like the addition of Jocketty to the front office, I am with those who think the more baseball minds the better.

    (6) I like Castellini's urgency, which likely resulted in the Cordero signing. Yes, getting another stud starter would have been nice, but when ownership applies pressure through words and deeds and expectations, well, those are always franchises that I want to root for. Too long in Cincy, that has not been the case, for either the Reds or Bengals. Well, for the Reds now, it is different.

    Add it all up, and this is a fascinating time to be a Reds fan, and there are a ton of reasons to be excited this is all getting going again.
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    Re: What's your excitement level for this year?

    I'm at a 5. I don't want to peak too soon.
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    Re: What's your excitement level for this year?

    Like you said, I'm more excited than I have been since the front office followed the 1999 feel good, almost playoff team with adding Griffey. I forsee a few things some good, some not so good:

    We'll see if Dusty can learn from his mistakes or if he's the same old pitcher killer...regardless, game threads should be lively in '08.

    No more Milton or Wilson in the rotation! Young guys with energy and heat! ...and young guy inconsistency and mistakes...

    Jay Effin Bruce! I am soooo looking forward to seeing this kid play. To see the young kid playing between the old Kid and the Donkey. Adeventure in the outfield, but murder at the plate. I have a feeling we'll all remember the first time we see him play.

    The 8th in '08 should be nothing like the 8th in '07. I'm looking forward to keeping a lead once or twice without leaving the starter in for 9 innings. I bet Arroyo is too!

    But like everone else, none of it will really matter. As soon as I hear those two magic words, I'll be instantly transported to heaven. PLAY BALL!!!

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    Re: What's your excitement level for this year?

    4, pretty much still the same team that lost 90 last year
    Go Gators!

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    Re: What's your excitement level for this year?

    I dont care what the year, or the circumstances of the offseason, I always start drinking a little of the koolaid at this time of year. This year especially. Encarnacion & Belisle are primed for big steps forward. Jr is in the last year of his deal, always a good motivator. Bruce & Phillips will both probably take steps back but the rookie core is reason enough to be excited for a while. There will be surprises but things are looking up.

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    Re: What's your excitement level for this year?

    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed View Post
    4, pretty much still the same team that lost 90 last year
    Nah, we'll get a full season of Norris Hopper this year.

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    Re: What's your excitement level for this year?

    Quote Originally Posted by BRM View Post
    Nah, we'll get a full season of Norris Hopper this year.
    Indeed.

    3 then.
    Go Gators!

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    Re: What's your excitement level for this year?

    this one goes up to 11
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    Re: What's your excitement level for this year?

    More excited than I was last year, but I still have no illusions.

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    Re: What's your excitement level for this year?

    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed View Post
    Indeed.

    3 then.


    And I thought Norris would boost your excitement level up, not down.

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    Re: What's your excitement level for this year?

    Quote Originally Posted by BRM View Post


    And I thought Norris would boost your excitement level up, not down.
    Marty's at a 14.

    Hopper's better than Dunn, ya know?
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    Re: What's your excitement level for this year?

    Yellow: Elevated

    Significant risk of delusional thoughts about winning.
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