Forgive me, I'm bored at work right now and I had an idea watching the NLCS game last night.
I was born in 79 after the glory days of the BRM and I was thinking of how much I would love to see a Reds team of that caliber in my lifetime. Granted they are young this year with a shed of hope for the future but I got to thinking about all the Reds teams/players that have been a disappointment or letdown to me over the last 30 years. I'll divide it up to 5 players and 5 teams...I would also like to hear what others think as well, especially those that were alive in the 50s, 60s, and 70s.
Players (since 79)
1. Obviously Ken Griffey Jr.-I remember the day he was traded. I felt like I did when I was in the 6th grade when Benzinger caught that final out of the World Series. I actually called my Dad and said go ahead and order us World Series tickets for this year because bye gawd we just landed KGJ! That was an exciting offseason of hype and hope. I also went out and bought an official KGJ jersey that cost about 125.00 bucks. It was too big but I didn't care, it was the only one they had and I wanted the jersey of our new franchise player. I really believed that after hearing my Dad's glory stories of the BRM that now I was going to live through an awesome Reds dynasty...well we know that never happened. And to make matters worse the poor guy stayed on the DL for the majority of the time he was in Cincy...I wish him well in Seattle and hopes he puts some up good numbers in his final years...the caliber player that he was would have made him even more fun to watch if he were on a great dynasty.
2. Paul O'Neill-nuff said...compare what he did in Cincy to New York
3. Sean Casey-Like any other Reds fan I loved Sean Casey ever since his great season of 99. And its not that he was a bad player, its just that I don't think he ever maxed out his potential. What disappointed me the most is he never materialized into a constant 30 hr/100 rbi guy that his young promise of 99 showed Reds fans. He would have been great if he could of been that 30/100 guy.
4. Marge Schott-reason being for her crazy ways of the mid 90s. The Reds had a chance to continue their success of 94-95 but NO Schott decides to fire Davey Johnson, let Ron Gant go to free agency, and destroy the Reds farm system. And I actually believed the woman loved the Reds, sad story.
5. Barry Larkin-Before I get chastized for this let me explain...I am a sentimental guy, and I always was with Barry, but the Reds are more important to me and I have the "What have you done for me lately" attitude when it comes to sports. This was my favorite player growing up. The reason I list Barry is because of his inconsistancy in this decade. I remember him winning the MVP in 95, going 30/30 in 96, then in 97 when it was announced that he would be our #3 hitter he only plays about 50 games. Granted injuries happen but I just expected him to be the next Joe Morgan. Then came his AWFUL performance form 01-03, man did he jipp the Reds by not taking that trade to the Mets, and to think he had a chance to play in another World Series.
Honorable mentions...Kal Daniels, Wily Mo Pena, Willie Greene, Eric Milton, Danny Graves, Pokey Reese, Brandon Claussen, and Homer Bailey.
Teams that disappointed me...
1. 2000 Reds-see my coments above regarding KGJ. Also we had 96 wins in 1999, were young, talented, and showed major hope for the future. This was the year that we were supposed to run away with the division. Not to mention we had also landed Dante Bichette, what the hell happened that year?
2. 1991 Reds-It always bothered me that the defending World Champions posted a losing record that season and B. that team never made it back to the postseason. Not to mention Pinella decided to bail on us shortly afterwards.
3. 2003 Reds-the damn ownership fed us lies about that year, and I'm still upset about it!
4. 2006 Reds-The only team this decade to have a legit shot at the post season. In fact if I remember correctly they had a winning record on Labor Day, and actually blew a division lead in September finishing only 3 games out to the eventual Worlds Champs.
5. 1995 Reds-only because of their mediocre showing in the NLCS. I remember going to school with a bunch of bandwagon Braves fans and couldn't wait to rub it in after the mighty Reds of 95 showed the Braves that they were overmatched and completely overrated with that junk throwing Maddux and Glavine...boy did the end result really smash my ego!