Ok, as much as Dusty Baker doesn't want to admit it, we aren't going to come back. We have almost 2 months remaining in the season. While I do think we should see some younger players, there is one piece of business I would like to see BCast and the Reds take care of and that is getting Barry Larkin back in the fold. I know it probably wouldn't happen this year with him under contract with another MLB franchise, but I've got a crazy idea that would really bring closure to the bad situation.
Barry wasn't really given a proper farewell from the team, city, or fans. We didn't know what would happen, even if he would wear another uniform as a player. We now long to see him back in Cincinnati though, so let's do it in style. I would personally sign him to a one day player contract, let him start the game on the field and leading off. It would be awful hard to not put him in at SS, but I know people would accept the idea better by hiding him in the OF. If he records any put outs in the field, great. Next, let him bat in the bottom of the 1st in front of his home crowd and give him the ovation he should have gotten under the right circumstances. If he strikes out, at least he ends his career without controversy. I know I'm rambling, but since it is a lost season, why not give a great player his proper retirement. Let him take his last at bat without wondering if he will play again. Let Cincinnati show how much they appreciate what he has done.