I’m not sure any Cincinnati baseball fan can question Bob Castellini’s commitment as owner of the Redlegs. The Fayman has a pretty good piece here about Castellini, and his first promise:
It was just over four years ago that Bob Castellini famously promised to bring a championship baseball back to Cincinnati. It was Castellini first public act as the new owner.
It was the smart thing to say. But it was greeted with a healthy dose of skepticism.
After all, what else can a new owner say?
But what Castellini has done over the last several weeks should prove heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s willing to back his words with his wallet.
The Reds have quietly spent more money this offseason than they ever have in their history. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve handed out $151 million in long-term contracts.
The moves havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t made big national headlines because all of the contracts went to players currently on the roster and none have set any records.
“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a huge commitment,” general manager Walt Jocketty said.
It’s a huge commitment indeed and, other than the ill-advised (says my head, not my heart) extension handed out to Bronson Arroyo, all that money made good baseball/business sense. Castellini has been at the helm as a ship that had been drifting for a decade was finally set back on course. He deserves immense credit for leading this resurgence, and getting the right baseball people in the right places.
Fun time to be a Reds fan, isn’t it?