Do you remember Rob Dibble when he played on the Cincinnati Reds? I remember getting his rookie card and going crazy thinking it was going to be worth tons of money when I got older. Friends tried trading me for it and no matter what they offered, I did not give it up. I still have it today and maybe just maybe when I am 90 it will be worth a lot of money and if not it is still very valuable to me because he was one of my favorite players at that time.
I look at the Reds bullpen today and shake my head. They are not the worst I have seen but compared to what the 1990 Reds had they have a long way to go. Can you imagine what guys like Rob Dibble, Randy Myers, Norm Charlton, Rick Mahler and Tim Layana would do today if they were coming in after these young starters we have now. Can you imagine what these guys would be getting paid today considering how much closers are going for in the free agent market now. The Reds would not have been able to afford any of them. Many of you might say that these pitchers would not have done as good if they did not have the position players the 1990 Reds had and I would agree with you but I still think they are better than what we have in the pen right now.
So when people say, all the Reds need for 2012 is a starting pitcher and maybe a young closer I really begin to worry. I think the Reds need a whole lot more than just those two things. It is nice that they will give some young players a shot this year but expecting them to go 130+ games in their first season is pushing it even for managers like Dusty Baker. So adding a few more veteran position players and pitchers might help in the long run. And since we have already been told the Reds are not picking up free agents they will have to trade for them.
I really hope I am wrong but I truly believe the Reds Front Office is happy with the team they have right now. They seem very content with what they have and I don’t think they will trade any one away at all this offseason. I would not be surprised if the Reds pick up players from other teams with ‘players to be named later.’ Which we all know will not pick up the kind of players we really need for 2012. So instead of kicking that dead horse again let us remember the Nasty Boys and hope that one day we have a bullpen like that again. Enjoy the offseason and hopefully 2012 will be just like 2010 for the Reds.
As I was checking out baseball news today I tried to remember when I first started cheering for the Cincinnati Reds and was amazed that I have been a loyal fan for close to 20 years now. Of course there were years where I did not cheer as loud as others but I have never jumped any band wagons and trust me many years it was a tough battle not to. I have seen good players and I have seen bad. I got to see young players become Gods and older players prove they were still good enough to play. I have shed lots of tears and drank lots of beers cheering them on. (Where I come from we say beer or beers so don’t correct me, I was just letting it flow.)
When I first became a fan it was not easy for me to watch any of their games. We only got Toronto Blue Jays games most of the time and once and awhile they would show Montreal Expos games. That is when I would watch the Reds play them. It was very tough to be a fan at this time but I kept strong and it paid off in 1990 when they went on to win the World Series. Chris Sabo, Billy Hatcher, Eric Davis, Barry Larkin, Mariano Duncan, Hal Morris, Ken Griffey (Sr., thank you very much.) Tom Browning, Jose Rijo, Norm Charlton, Danny Jackson, Rob Dibble, Randy Myers, Scott Scudder and Chris Hammond are names I will remember for the rest of my life. It also explains why I never liked Tony LaRussa much when I was younger, and then when he came to St. Louis it got worse. I respect him cause of how great of a manager he was but he ranks high as one of my most hated managers of all time. Lou Piniella on the other hand has a mixed reaction from me. I loved him and then hated him.
I love looking at the history of the franchise and love to see them still going strong today. The Reds will always be a big part of the National League and people can not talk about the history of baseball without talking a little bit about the Reds. Sure they did not have the years the New York Yankees have had or the St. Louis Cardinals but they have always put together a great team every season.
No matter what happens this offseason I will remain a fan until the day I die and I hope that before that day comes I can witness them win another Championship.