Until recently, the only chance the Reds and Indians had a chance of playing was in Cooper stadium. Growing up in Columbus, I was a fan of the BRM but also pulled for the huge underdog in the Indians. I think most people don't view it as a rivalry or an either or proposition.
If Gomes does not return to the Reds, and for a minor league deal I don't blame him, I am hoping to see him in Cleveland.
Thank you Walt and Bob for bringing winning baseball back to Cincy
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!
Nobody ever complained about the unbalanced schedule in the 70's, 80's, and early 90's.
Eric Stratton, Rush Chairman. Damn glad to meet ya.
94 and winning the division and the NLCS but falling in the WS to Toronto in 6
94 Reds / 86 Cards / 85 Pirates / 76 Cubs / 72 Brewers
Anyway, my oldest son decided he wanted to buy a Dodgers hat the other day and now wears it (even wore it to a dance the other night with a blue tie). I almost felt like dying. He says he wants to buy all of the MLB hats except the Cards and the Yanks. He hates those two teams and cannot understand why I hate the Dodgers. He even said, "they (Dodgers) aren't our rivals."
My wife who is a Cardinals fan also has commented at how much she hates seeing him wear Dodgers blue. Things certainly have changed.
Tim McCarver: Baseball Quotes
I remember one time going out to the mound to talk with Bob Gibson. He told me to get back behind the batter, that the only thing I knew about pitching was that it was hard to hit.
Unbalanced makes sense with a 3-2 ratio of games vs teams in your division and teams outside, but makes little sense, and is actually unfair, with a 3-1 ratio.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." -- Albert Einstein
If Indians fans are giving you grief at this juncture, they are absolute Indians fans as the bandwagon fans ditched the Indians when Thome left and they stopped selling out the stadium.
I think what you are saying is there were more Reds' bandwagon fans in the 70's but the Tribe collected their own in the 90's. Otherwise I think it is split evenly.
There were always a ton of Indians fans in Columbus - as Ohio State and the city itself attracts many Clevelanders. Decades of losing has the effect of driving many of those fans underground; success brings them back to the surface.
Getting the thread back on track,. here is a somewhat related question:
Reds down 5-3 to Anyteam USA, bottom 8, men on 1st and 2nd, 2 out, pitcher slot coming up.
Does anyone feel confident that they are scoring this inning? How about if the pitcher is a lefty?
I'd much rather see the Reds play every team in the NL the same number of times and skip interleague play. For one thing that means a kid gets to see the greatest players in the game more often. Those players aren't necessarily in your own division, even though right now the greatest player in the game probably is in ours. There's nothing that made me a lifelong baseball fan any more than seeing Mays and Clemente as a kid. If those guys were now on teams not in our division, my chance to see them would be very greatly reduced. And watching them on TV is not a substitute.