Cincinnati isn't a baseball town. They haven't been a baseball town since the 1970's. But, then....looking back. Were they ever a baseball town? Who couldn't get up for The Big Red Machine? Showing up to those games doesn't make you a baseball town. Showing up when your team is losing makes you a baseball town.
Cincinnati can't even show up when they're winning anymore. The 1995 playoffs in Cincinnati? Embarrassing. Louisville and Indianapolis are better baseball towns.
A Sunday Afternoon in the middle of July on a perfectly sunny day (86 degrees), and they have the stands only half filled. 24,841 is paid tickets. How many actually showed up is a much smaller number.
We've been hearing the excuses for over two decades now. Those ships have long sailed.
Cincinnati is what it is....a football town. They love their Bengals. They show up despite the fact that they have the worst owner in all of professional sports over the last 22 years next to Donald Sterling. They show up even though they haven't won a single playoff game over those 22 years. They show up despite getting hosed on prices (franchise fees....preseason games that are meaningless....price increases despite a bad product). They show up even though they have thugs and felons for players while the REDS are squeaky clean (the Marge years with the haircuts and shaved faces), along with shipping out the worst offender in Josh Hamilton, and he did nothing compared to the average Bengal.
Sadly....and I have no idea how it happened, this town stopped being a
Baseball Town. They still have the Parade, while schools are still closed. But, I have a feeling that kids would rather be inside playing a video game instead of out at the ballpark watching the REDS. It's a shame. It's a shame because it's not that way in St. Louis. They are a baseball town. You can see it every time you visit the City. St. Louis bleeds baseball. That's why it was a shame to see the fans of Cincinnati fail to even show up on a Sunday....Family Day....to give the Cardinals a razzing and the REDS some shouts of support.
For those of you who do attend the games, here's to you:
You are the true REDS fans.
For those of you who can't afford to get to the games or don't have the means of getting there, but are still glued to the radio or TV with every pitch, here's to you:
You are the true REDS fans.
For those of you who can afford to get there, but just casually talk about the REDS or claim to be REDS fans...when they're winning, here's to you:
You are what you are....a wannabe...a bandwagon jumper...a hangin'-with-the-Jones's type of fan. Go away or else poney up for a ticket and give your time and money to the cause. I'd rather cheer along with the 24,841 who really want to be at the game than have a conversation with a wannabe.