Personally I like the idea that our players are getting loads of rest. I won't mind them going up against the Phillies. This team is competitive regardless of competition. Yes there's a chance they'll be out-classed, but I don't think that's going to happen. Do I think they'll win in a 5-game series? Don't know.
Sabermetrics can be boiled down to this simple truism: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.
The only way I come out of this season happy is when the Reds win the World Series.
If they lose in the playoffs, I'll be happier (as in degrees of feeling better about the Reds) than I was at the beginning of the year and pleased with making the post-season and look forward to 2011. But I won't be content with what happened and I'll want more.
Pay attention to the open sky
I think a lot of Reds fans are waiting for the other shoe to fall but it wasn't going to. Its all about preparing for the post season. Most of us fans wanted the Reds to steam roll in to the playoffs but after one more win or Cards loss, it will be all gravy.
It wouldn't surprise me if the Reds go out quick in the playoffs but if they won it all it would surprise me less. Anything and everything can happen in post season baseball. Of all the professional sports its the best post season because many times the bit player will make the biggest difference for the team that wins it all.
Enjoy the moment because you never know when it may come this way again.
Reds Fan Since 1971
It will be nice to be able to wear my Reds cap with relevance in October! People who know me have basically said, "You are the true fan. You wear the cap when they "stink," as well!"
Talent is God Given: be humble.
Fame is man given: be thankful.
Conceit is self given: be careful.
This seems like the most appropriate place to put this.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...ans/index.htmlReds fans love their Reds, the best way they know. Every silver lining has its cloud.
To any pessimists on RZ, please remember how much less fun it was to lose close to 100 games earlier in the decade. I am 23 years old and have never gotten to see the team that I have loved ever since I can remember (the 1995 playoffs are incredibly distant by now), with my earliest Reds memory being yelling for Eric Davis to look up at me in the stands of Riverfront Stadium.
Love this team, love this season. I know the players and coaches probably wouldn't ask for anything more.
Man, after reading that article, I'm feeling bad that I ever started this thread.
I love the Reds as much as I cam love any sports franchise, and when baseball is mentioned, I can't even ponder liking any other team. I've liked certain players from other teams, but never another team as a whole.
This Reds team is special. If I bring out bitternes that was once tossed around on here by saying this, I apologize, but over the last few years, especially those where we had Dunn and Junior on the same team, it seemed like such a negative vibe going around that it almost felt uncomfortable to even watch them play on television.
When I watch this team play now, I see a team in which EVERY player respects and values the talents that each brings to the table.
A good case in point was a couple of weeks back when Cordero blew the save against the Pirates and the Reds ended up losing on the Sunday of that series. I looked in and saw Brandon Phillips consoling Cordero.
So, yes, "on paper" the Reds may not be able to compete with Philadelphia, Texas, New York, or Tampa, but when it comes down to playing with heart and soul, I think this team has enough to win the World Series.
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I don't understand why there has to be a corner. Why can't we be happy that the losing has stopped while still feeling like they are way outclassed in the post-season and wishing that they would have done more at the deadline to even the score? Why can't I be excited about the nucleus and hopeful for the future while also wondering if this might be the only chance they'll get to win a championship? Say all you want about the young talent (and I think the Reds are in for a competitive period), but the Reds have gotten major contributions from guys like Rolen, Hernandez, Phillips, Arroyo and Rhodes. Its doubtful that they'll be as good in the future or around very long. Its possible that 2010 is as good as it gets. I've enjoyed the heck out of it, but why can't I feel like the Reds may be passing on an opportunity because they didn't make a move to capitalize on it.
I'm thrilled with 2010, but now that we're in it, I want the team to win it and I don't take it for granted that they'll be back. Lots of teams that have a good core of young players never get that steady year to year improvement culminating in a championship that so many on this board seem to be counting on. For a fairly large percentage of the major cogs on this team, 2010 isn't the beginning and may just be one last hurrah.
Last edited by mth123; 09-27-2010 at 09:30 PM.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
This may well be the best this team ever gets, but I don't think so. I think they'll go into this playoff gauntlet with a 'nothing to lose' attitude and if this machine fires on all cylinders look out! They can beat anyone if each player is playing at their best. Get ready to witness history.
Now, if they play like they've been playing of late it will be a nice experience for the young players and a good way to weed out the pretenders from the studs in the rotation. Not to mention the extra cash for next year's payroll. Even if we lose we win!
"Okay you guys, pair up in threes!" --Yogi Berra