If Jerry Hairston, Jr., or Willy Taveras are starting for the Reds in 2009, is there any possibility that the Reds will be better offensively than they were last season? Any possibility at all?

Then, if the Reds are destined to be worse offensively next year, is there any reason to think they won’t endure yet another losing season?

The outfield is in shambles. Yes, I’m worried about next year, and given the ineptitude of this organization for the last decade, I’m having a hard time coming up with reasons to be optimistic.

So I come to you, the Nation, with a request. Give me some legitimate reasons to believe that this team will be a winner next year. Explain to me how the Reds haven’t gotten worse, and how they will finally break this string of losing seasons. I want to believe! Help me!