This morning the crew over at The Riverfront podcast put the next piece of their plan into action to put up a billboard in Cincinnati asking Bob Castellini’s ownership group to sell the team. They’ve been selling their version of a “Sell The Team Bob!” shirt with the proceeds going towards a billboard, but they’ve also started a crowdfunding campaign to try and raise the $4,000 necessary to purchase the billboard space for four weeks.
Hi, we’re the crew from The Riverfront and we’d like a little help. Our goal is to take out a digital billboard ad asking Reds owner Bob Castellini to sell the team. In a perfect world, the owner of our beloved Cincinnati Reds would actually be a fan of the team and do something, anything really, to help put a winning product on the field. This billboard will run for 4 weeks, be seen by tens of thousands of folks daily, and will cost around $4000. We love Cincinnati and we love the Reds. Help us to help you!
Interestingly enough, the first company that was contacted would not take their business because the company did not want to get on the bad side of the Cincinnati Reds.
“We think that it’s a really cool opportunity to finally get the message across,” said co-host Nate Dotson. “And at the very least, make it abundantly clear to everybody that this is how Cincinnati feels and hopefully we can get the support and make it happen.”
At first, as noted by co-host Chad Dotson – who has been doing the podcast since 2006 – the campaign began as a bit of a joke. But the perceived lack of a commitment to what it takes to actually win, spearheaded by what felt like a sell off this offseason that saw the team trade away Tucker Barnhart for a 24-year-old who has hit .190 over his two minor league seasons, place Wade Miley on waivers and get nothing at all in return, move Sonny Gray, Amir Garrett, Jesse Winker, and Eugenio Suárez in trades, all the while claiming that the team is committed to winning…. well, that kind of thing has charged much of the fanbase to really adopt the “Sell the Team, Bob” moniker and got The Riverfront crew into action on trying to get the billboard from an idea to a reality.