Barry's speech pissed me off. The thanking of the Nationals was clearly shot at the Reds. Sure the Reds management has been awful in the past but seem to finally be moving the right direction, but you don't make a comment like that just because your bitter. Especially if you want to come back like you say you do. And why honor the Wilson and Nike guys? I don't think Barry understands marketing and business at all (unless Nike and Wilson are still giving him some kinda cut). The end of Barry's career was also a little shaky, with the McKeon thing and all. Raise your hand if you wish Barry hadn't ran off McKeon. Remember who the Reds could have gotten in a trade for a near retirement Barry Larkin? Now, what would you as the Reds fan rather have; A: A good young exciting shortstop for years to come or B: Loyal Barry Larking who wants to play a little longer for the Reds and finish his career with his one and only. But Barry used his no trade clause, probably because "he is so loyal". Blah. Loyality isn't what I think about when I think Barry Larkin. I think of a guy who's afraid of change and misunderstands a professional relationship with friendship. Also, if he loves Cincy so much, why does has he been living in Florida during the off-season?
Anyway, I'm just annoyed. Did anyone see Bench's reaction to Barry's speech going overtime? I was excited to see Bench toss out a first pitch against the Red Sox a while back, until I realized he had a book to promote. But anyway...they where both great players.