This post from Jeff got me thinking:
When the dust settles on the 2006 campaign, I would imagine Reds fans would have more hope for the future of this franchise than they’ve had in many a year.
Is that true? It has been a very fun year in many ways, though we must be honest and say that the season hasn’t been nearly as successful as many think it was (we have a losing record, folks). But the high points were very high, and we had a ton of fun following this team during the 2006 season, didn’t we?
But do you have more hope for the future than you’ve had in a while? I think my answer is yes, but it’s a qualified yes. With Bob Castellini at the helm, I’m very confident that the Reds will be winners at some point in the future. It didn’t happen this year, and I think there’s a very good chance that it won’t happen next year, but someday Castellini will be the owner of a legitimate playoff-caliber team.
I’m decidedly less-optimistic about the Reds’ short-term prospects. I fear that “The Trade” has done serious damage to the cause of a winning team next year. The offense is no longer the slugging wonder that it was, and the pitching hasn’t been improved one bit.
What do you think? Do you have more hope? Even for next year?
Let’s hear your opinions.