As I've said before I am but 22 years old, not from the Ohio area, and I lost interest in baseball around 2000 or 2001 and didn't watch much of our pastime for a while after that. But in my years of watching baseball (or sports in general) it's always interesting to me how quickly a team can go from being the toast of the town and the envy of other fans to 'all that is wrong with the sport' or 'an embarrassment', especially in our instant technology age.
So I ask you, the Reds faithful, when did you sense that the Reds were losing their standing a respected franchise to being considered an also-ran along with the Royals, Pirates, and Devil Rays? I get the impression it started with awful 66 win team in 2001 which really kicked off the Lost Decade, because I know by 2005 it was pretty well assumed by most that the Reds were now a perennial non-factor. If so, it's pretty incredible the damage Lindner, Allen, DanO, and company managed to do in just a few years.
And as a more positive note, how do you think the Reds are doing to erase that memory? Being 2010 Central Division Champions was a very good start. Maybe a World Series Title will expunge it from common fan memory for good? A lone WS appearance seemed to help do it for the Tigers and the Rays.