The Oakland Athletics General Manager sits down for regular interviews with Athletics Nation, and Oakland even invites bloggers to Spring Training. The A’s also win lots and lots of baseball games, and they have an incredibly solid organization from top to bottom
What do the Reds have in common with the A’s?
Yesterday, Redleg Nation requested press credentials, primarily to allow us to attend and report on Friday’s planned press conference introducing the new ownership.
Within about a minute, we were summarily rejected.
We had no expectation that the Reds would grant the credentials; this organization is in the dark ages in nearly every respect, so why should anyone believe that they would be on the forefront with respect to new media? Our only goal in requesting these credentials was to get the Reds on the record, and we have:
The Cincinnati Reds are hostile to online media.
This site and others in the Reds blogosphere are the very heart and soul of…well, of Redleg Nation, the community of Reds fans. We are more passionate about the Cincinnati Reds than anyone around, and we produce more Reds-related content than any press outlet — and the Reds simply have no use for us. They sweep us aside as if we don’t matter.
Again, we’re not surprised; no one expected the Reds to do anything different, and our feelings aren’t hurt. We didn’t start Redleg Nation in order to gain insider access; we’re passionate Reds fans and we care deeply about this organization. More than anything, we want the Reds to win another World Series, and we’ll do anything to support that effort.
But given a golden opportunity to promote their product — Reds baseball — to an audience that they should want to reach, the Reds punted. And it didn’t even take them three minutes to decide that they didn’t want online media hanging around with the good old boys.
This is yet more evidence that the Reds are stuck in the old days.
A note to the new owner: Robert Castellini, we at Redleg Nation plan to support you as owner of this team. All we ask is that you make some serious changes to the way this organization has been run (and we’re not necessarily talking about personnel changes, although that might be appropriate in some cases; rather, we’re talking about an adjustment of this organization’s perspective). It’s time that the Reds enter the 21st century, in every area, from player development to performance analysis to, yes, new media. Show us that the Reds have a bright future, not just a celebrated past.
At this point, we have very little reason for hope. Mr. Castellini, you can change that.
UPDATE: JD Arney: “The Reds hate blogs.”