I was joined by Jason Linden again this week, and Jason had a bone to pick. But before that conversation, we discussed the promises made by Reds owner Bob Castellini when he purchased the franchise, and whether the ownership group had delivered on those pledges.
The discussion then turned to whether the Reds will be in a position to live up to their promises any time soon…plus a healthy dose of Scooter Gennett talk!
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Rather than the game thread or Ep208 thread, I will just post this here as its been an on-going conversation point on the podcast.
Homer either has to go to the pen or DL when Descalfani is activated. The only way I would like to see Sal sent to AAA is if he is there to work on a list of specific things better done in the minors (such as off-speed control, 3rd/4th pitches etc.)
I thought the conversation about why this stretch seems much worse was interesting. You both mentioned the internet, and specifically Twitter, and while that may be part of it, I think a bigger part, for me anyway, is the depth and breadth of knowledge that is easily accessible online.
Maybe I’ve become a little wiser or mis-remembering, but it seems like in the ’02-’09 stretch it was easier to talk myself into the notion that the Reds could be competitive. “If Griffey and Larkin can stay healthy…If Kearns and Dunn can keep producing…If Eric Milton can regain that All-Star form” etc. etc. Sure there were always sports writers who would give their preseason predictions and ESPN and what not, but that was easier to write-off. They were wrong all the time. They were subjective even if they didn’t intend to be.
In this day in age with the proliferation of sites like Fangraphs, it’s much harder to look at their projections and write them off as nonsense. This is the 4th year in a row the Reds projected to be a 90+ loss team. So it feels much more hopeless when you look at these objective (though, sometimes still wrong) predictions of last place finishes, and I think that hopelessness feeds apathy and anger.
Nice Podcast fellas. But I think to some extent trying to assign a yes or no to the promises letter is a bit like tilting at windmills in the sense that its quite subjective analysis for ‘respected organization’ and ‘passion in reds nation’.
I also think Jason is being perposterously precise with the statement of how much time Senzel will miss over his career due to vertigo. He’s already exceeded the 20 games (in the minors) that was stated with certainty. This will be a problem for the reds until it’s not or he’s out of baseball. None of us can say for certain how this will play out.