One of our loyal readers, Jared, pointed out this piece by our buddy Mark Sheldon, and it’s definitely worth a read. Here’s what Jared had to say about it:

I was just reading this article on and it touches on some (positive!) things that I think have kind of been lost as of late. Everyone knows the new Reds are young, a lot of them unproven, some of them proven mediocre at best. But this article reminded me of just what Dusty Baker can bring to the table, in addition to his highly critiqued strategy, preference for his ol’ boys and his general understanding of the game — he’s good with people.

Positivity! More, please!

I don’t agree with everything that everyone says in that article, but there are a ton of great quotes that you shouldn’t miss. I had the same reaction as Jared: by the end of the piece, I was more excited than ever for the season to start.

No, I don’t expect much out of this team, but there are a lot of players that are going to be a lot of fun to watch this year. And who knows? Maybe they’ll catch lightning in a bottle.

I’m going to try to keep those (Pete) rose-colored glasses on as long as I can….