How much more abuse are we going to take?
Has it come down to threatening us with moving the Reds to another city for daring to question failed rebuilds, bad trades and being sick and tired of mediocrity?
I don’t know about you but I was really inspired by Phil Castellini’s interview on Tuesday. When he compared Reds General Manager Nick Krall to a “bull in a china shop” and when he whined about the inequities of baseball, I was really pumped up. Where do I get a ticket?
“Be careful what you wish for.”
I have been a Cincinnati Reds fan since 1964. Like many of you, I remember the bonehead moves such as the trading of Frank Robinson and Tony Perez, the firing of Sparky Anderson and the painful time period of Dick Wagner and inept managers like Bob Boone hired by equally inept General Managers.
Making bad baseball decisions aren’t owned exclusively by the Reds. Most baseball teams do that, from time to time. It happens. The Red Sox sold Babe Ruth. The Cubs traded Lou Brock.
Houston traded Joe Morgan. The A’s lost Catfish Hunter. The Reds signed free agent Eric Milton.
But after I saw (and heard) Castellini’s remarks on a legitimate question asked by Mo Egger about Red fans losing faith in Reds Ownership, I was upset, to put it mildly.
“Where are they going to go?”
It was ironic to see the Reds go into panic mode after this disaster of an interview, trying desperately to diffuse Castellini’s threats to the fan base. Phil even tried to utter an apology, which someone in the front office probably wrote for him.
Not accepted, Phil. Go back to your office and polish a trophy for winning the NL Central in 2010. That’s about your speed.
The Reds didn’t win a post season game in 2010. They blew a 2-0 lead against the Giants in 2012. Did they score in a run in the playoff loss to the Braves two years ago?
And we, as a fan base, are supposed to be inspired by the track record of the last two decades? Really? We’re just supposed to shut up, ask milque toast questions and smile as we fail year after year?
You want to have this debate?
If there were justice, Phil Castellini would be ordered to be at the Reds main gate entrance for the next home game and apologize to each and every Red fan that walks through.
Paul Daugherty, a sportswriter for the Enquirer I respect and like, has called for a truce between Reds ownership and fans of the Reds. You’re wrong, Doc.
Not after Phil Castellini’s rant. Not after his insults. Not after his degrading of the very fans that love the Cincinnati Reds.
You want to apologize to me personally, Phil? You want to debate? You want to ask me where I’ll go?
Get a hold of Doug. He has my email. I’d be glad to talk to you.