"You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."
Buck up GIDP, at least Jay Bruce may someday become lucky and hit .250.
I am pissed. They could have picked ANY other pitcher in the farm system, Sulbaran, Wood, anybody - hell they even could have thrown in Mike Leake and I would be only marginally annoyed. And for what? 1.5 years of Scott Rolen? Realistically, its one year of Scott Rolen, since this year is pretty much shot.
I completely understand the people that make the argument that you would rather have a productive player than a maybe, since over the last 10 years this team's history is littered with maybes that turned into never happeneds. And if we acquired the 27 year old Scott Rolen that St. Louis got back in 2002 I would be 100% on board. But we got a 35 year old, injury prone 3B for 1.5 years.
Unless I am missing something, I really don't get this trade. Are we really only a declining Scott Rolen away from the playoffs? If the answer is no, which I think it is, why do you do it?
I've never actually cared this much. I actually feel depressed right now...like an old gray haired man in a sport coat took my favorite puppy and stabbed it to death...and then tried to convince me it was all for the best. I actually teared up. That emoticon's not lying.
At some point, continuously looking to the future has to be converted to present performance. But I'm not sure that this is the time to do that. I like Rolen but I don't like him this much. Especially when the Reds will still be also-rans.
LOL. I can't believe Walt Jocketty actually thought this was a good idea. Incredible. Awful, awful trade. I would rather have Stewart than Alonso.
What to say guys? Maybe it's time to start following the Reds and rooting for someone else!! What in the world are we going to do when in five years when Joey goes home to Toronto and Jay heads off to Boston or N.Y. I am just starting to follow Yorman and I'm affraid that this off season will be filled with more of these type deals. The best prospects sent off for players and cash.
Are we stuck in baseball hell? The baseball gods must be oh so angry at whatever the Reds did somewhere in the past. Call me crazy but I would much rather be a Pirate fan at this time than a Red fan. At least they went all in with there kids and are not half way like the Reds always seem to be!!
Walt went all Brokeback Mountain I guess I can now quote it "I just can't quit you"
Senility has set in with Baker, and Jockety.
I wish I was in Cincinnati so I could publicly tell these buffoons what I think. I'd get thrown out of GAB, but that wouldn't be any great loss, that's for sure.
Seriously, I'm done with the REDS while the buffoon Baker is around, Jockety is around, and Castellini continues to make idiotic front-office moves. There are some good clubs to like out there....the Padres, the Mariners, the A's, the Blue Jays, the Phillies....anyone but the REDS. Enough is enough.
In 40 years, I've never seen a dumber move by any franchise in any sport (that wasn't fixed by the leauge (Pau Gasol to the Lakers for his brother, for example).
I seriously wouldn't trade Stewart for two Scott Rolens straight up. And, I don't think 99% of the scouts out there would either.
The REDS' scouts have to be tearing their hair out and getting their resumes put together so they can jettison this organization. If I was Rick Sweet, I'd be looking for another job, too. This franchise stinks like bad cheese right now.
But, they acquired Balentien!
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