Clubs such as the Reds, who have insulted their fans by managing their team including the minor league system so poorly that the fans cannot remember the Reds last winning season, should not suggest that it is up to the fans (ticket sales) to determine the payroll. For once, I believe the fans should say, "enough, put a team on the field or at least show signs of some actual building of a team through intelligent acquisitions and holding onto actual prospects and then we will buy tickets." It doesn't pay to threaten intelligent baseball people that can see how poorly this organization has been handled. Enough is enough; don't insult my intelligence please (Walt, I'm looking at you)!
But I think that Rolen was brought in not because of "leadership skills", but because he plays the game the right way. That was something that the team has been missing since Larkin left. Someone who who not just plays hard, but plays smart.
Having just one guy on the field who is a true professional provides far more "leadership" than someone who is great in the clubhouse. I think that Rolen can be very useful in that way, especially in regards to Bruce.
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I know we love to ring our hands around here, but while I don't agree with every step taken, I firmly believe Castellini and Co. are trying to put together championship baseball back on the field. It's going slower than I had hoped, but I won't make Castellini bear the burden of the six years Lindner ran the club like it was an insurance company. It hasn't been perfect, but I understand what they're trying to accomplish, and I clearly remember the last winning season.
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That's my point. Walt's comment should have been kept to himself IMHO.
"But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."