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    The 2010 Reds were NOT a "special" team (which might be a good thing)

    Reading the boards I got to wondering why I wasn't as "crushed" or "sad" as many of my fellow Reds fans. Also saw a number of threads comparing the Game 2 to the worst loss they've ever experienced-- especially when compared to the one-game playoff in 1999.

    I really wasn't even close to feeling those emtions in this series. Why? Well, let's start back in 1999.

    The loss to the Mets was MUCH more devestating to me than anything we saw in this series. I was legitimately sad after that game-- had a pit in my stomach for several days and even ELEVEN years later it still stings when I think about it. Why?

    1. That team was "sepcial." The had a magic about them...they did some amazing things that year.

    2. I believe had they made the playoffs, the WS was a VERY legitimate possibility.

    But MOST IMPORTANTLY....

    3. I knew that was it. The 1999 team caught lightining in a bottle. I knew we wouldn't be able to recapture it. It had a "do or die" feel to it at the end. That team was built mostly on veterans and some overachieving young guys who all peaked at once. The moon and the stars aligned perfectly for the Reds that year. It doesn't normally happen twice. The minute that game ended, the magic died with it. Horrible luck for that team (and us fans) that 96 wins wasn't good enough that year-- hasn't happened since, coincidentally.

    The 2010 Reds were not magical...not by a longshot. the "comeback wins" stat is cute, but also misleading...you notch a comeback win even if you rally from a 1-0 deficit in the first inning. This Reds team didn't really do anything overly special in 2010...there was no 9 game road winning streaks against top notch competition...there were not utterly improbable victories and aside from the first half of the season from Johnny Gomes, there really weren't any vets logging career years (I guess add Rhodes as well).

    This Reds team wasn't special, they were just good. Not great though...we struggled mightily against top tier teams...those teams didn't necessarily kill us ecvery time out, but they always seemed to be a run or two ahead....just enough to be better.

    The Reds did what they were supposed to do all season long...we beat the average to below average teams and always avoided dipping into a tailspin when things looked to be turning bleak. The team was resilient all season.

    And let's face it, we were aided by a pretty significant collapse down the stretch by the Cardinals. But I'm offering no excuses...we did what we needed to do and they didn't. We earned the division, they didn't.

    The 1999 season was filled with "moments"....the 2010 season was filled with consistency.

    I guess the reason I'm not sad or overly upset right now (I was highly frustrated after Game 2) is because I never thought this team had a chance to make noise in October. Philly was a horrible draw for us and we never showed any indication all season of being able to string together consecutive wins against top notch competition. I knew our stay in October would be a short one.

    The other reason I'm not too down is because there is no reason to believe we can't get here again. There are no guarantees in sports... the 2008 Brewers probably thought they'd be back, and now they seem to be headed right back to the sub .500 club they were the 20 years prior. But I have faith that this organization is built for longterm success. The young arms are there...we have 6 quality rotation choices for next year already (and that assumes Chapman stays in the pen).

    We need to make some moves, but we don't need to make many. Walt does not need to go nuts this off-season trying to plug the holes to push us over the top. He can very easily stay the course, add a piece or two, and we can enter next year favored to go toe to toe with the Cards again for the division.

    I do not believe it will take any sort of miracle run to reproduce (or improve upon) what we did in 2010.

    It was a very, very good season. I am 100% pleased with what happened and where we are headed. But there was never greatness present...but unlike 1999, I do think it seems like it's around the corner.

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    Re: The 2010 Reds were NOT a "special" team (which might be a good thing)

    The one thing that confuses me about your argument; the 1999 Reds were World Series bound but 1999 was it?

    They threw Ron Villone and Steve Parris in abundance. Pete Harnisch was a horse.

    This team was much more equipped for a World Series run from the lineup to the bullpen to even the rotation.
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    Re: The 2010 Reds were NOT a "special" team (which might be a good thing)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghosts of 1990 View Post
    The one thing that confuses me about your argument; the 1999 Reds were World Series bound but 1999 was it?

    They threw Ron Villone and Steve Parris in abundance. Pete Harnisch was a horse.

    This team was much more equipped for a World Series run from the lineup to the bullpen to even the rotation.
    Disagree...this team has MUCH better longterm potential and better overall "talent" but the 1999 team was in a capsule...Ron Villone was not Ron Villone in 1999 if you will....and I didn't say the 1999 team was WS bound..I said if that team made the playoffs, I thought they had a legit shot to make a run. I knew the 2010 was short for the post-season.

    Here's the thing about a team like the 1999 Reds...you simply can't pick them apart based on the roster...you have to analyze what each guy was THAT YEAR. Eddie Taubensee was not Eddie Taubensee in 1999...he was an excellent offensive catcher and a serious late-game threat.

    The 1999 team was better than the 2010 team...if they played in a series I'd pick the 1999 team 8 times out of 10. Having said that, the 2010 team leaves us a with much better chance for future success than the 1999 team did.

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    Re: The 2010 Reds were NOT a "special" team (which might be a good thing)

    The 1999 team had the best team defense I have ever seen.

    Pokey and Larkin were in their fielding prime, and Cameron in CF was unreal.

    The Reds DER was 1st in the majors at .725, 2nd was the Mets at a distant .707, a huge margin.

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    Re: The 2010 Reds were NOT a "special" team (which might be a good thing)

    This team was pretty special to me. You can't over-analyze what happened. They played a few bad games and laid an egg in most guys' fist ever playoff appearance against a juggernaut of a team. It happens. But they were more than capable of getting to the World Series.
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    Re: The 2010 Reds were NOT a "special" team (which might be a good thing)

    Special is a nebulous word, I'd say any team that wins 90 games in Cincinnati is special, it was only the 20th time in team history, 15.65% of their existence has that number to boast about, less than once every five seasons.

    Special to the rest of the game?

    Probably not.

    Special to this teams legacy?

    Most certainly.

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    Re: The 2010 Reds were NOT a "special" team (which might be a good thing)

    Aside from the starting pitching dominance, the Phillies core contributors were far healthier than were the Reds.

    That pretty much spells disaster in a 5 game series.
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    Re: The 2010 Reds were NOT a "special" team (which might be a good thing)

    What was "special" about 2010 for this team was the weakness of the NL Central. It was there for the taking and the Reds took it. With an unbalanced schedule there were a lot games to be had against bad teams and the Reds did just that

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    Re: The 2010 Reds were NOT a "special" team (which might be a good thing)

    Quote Originally Posted by Edskin View Post
    Disagree...this team has MUCH better longterm potential and better overall "talent" but the 1999 team was in a capsule...Ron Villone was not Ron Villone in 1999 if you will....and I didn't say the 1999 team was WS bound..I said if that team made the playoffs, I thought they had a legit shot to make a run. I knew the 2010 was short for the post-season.

    Here's the thing about a team like the 1999 Reds...you simply can't pick them apart based on the roster...you have to analyze what each guy was THAT YEAR. Eddie Taubensee was not Eddie Taubensee in 1999...he was an excellent offensive catcher and a serious late-game threat.

    The 1999 team was better than the 2010 team...if they played in a series I'd pick the 1999 team 8 times out of 10. Having said that, the 2010 team leaves us a with much better chance for future success than the 1999 team did.
    I'd argue that after '99, things were as optimistic as could be. Heck, they built on a 96 win season by adding an all-century player - arguably the best player available. He was lured home, in part, by ownership's assurances of a payroll that would sustain a winner. Granted, there were concerns with that team, but I really doubt anyone would have foreseen the decade that followed.
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    Re: The 2010 Reds were NOT a "special" team (which might be a good thing)

    Quote Originally Posted by Blimpie View Post
    Aside from the starting pitching dominance, the Phillies core contributors were far healthier than were the Reds.

    That pretty much spells disaster in a 5 game series.
    Yep. Phillips, Rolen, Cabrera, Nix, Bruce, were nicked up and those were the ones we knew about.
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    Re: The 2010 Reds were NOT a "special" team (which might be a good thing)

    Edskin - I think you nailed it all the way around. The '99 team was lightning in a bottle while this team seems to have arrived ahead of schedule. The difference in my mind is the organization itself and pitching with an abundance of legit arms. Cueto, Wood and Bailey performed well on the big stage. Chapman, Volquez, Leake should all be major factors in 2011. Work needs to be done around the edges, but tasting the postseason in 2010 was a nice first step back to baseball legitimacy for the franchise. The '99 team would crush the 2010 team in a series, but I'd take the Reds of 2010 going forward anytime.

    Also add Rhodes and Edmunds to the nicked up list, Leake being shut down, Harang a complete non-factor all season and EV coming off of surgery and being your Game 1 starter. It really is amazing this team managed to win 91 games when you think about the injuries and nagging injuries that seemed to accelerate in the Aug/Sept timeframe.


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