It’s almost fitting that it’s been exactly 6 months since I’ve posted on this blog. I remember being so full of hope. We just signed Joey Votto… It was going to be a great season. We were going to the World Series. Or at least we were going to get past the first round of the playoffs. That was my goal for the year.
So naturally, I set the bar too high.
To any other fans that mistakenly stumble upon this (mainly to my Cleveland friends who think they own a monopoly of being disappointed by their sports teams), I really don’t want to hear it… Because if your team was up 2-0 in the playoffs, you would be saying the same things right now.
And I don’t know how some of the Reds fans are being optimistic about this. The postseason was a complete and utter meltdown. I’ve never seen such a thing happen. The first NL team to lose the series after leading 2-0. A fitting way to end this Reds season.
Sure, it’s not like I was expecting rainbows and butterflies to end the season. I wasn’t REALLY expecting to win the whole thing. I just wanted to get out of the blasted first round of playoffs that Cincinnati teams seem to be cursed to.
But the thing that makes me so frustrated is that the Reds HAD this. The NLDS was theirs for the taking. They blew it. Everyone blew it.
I’m not going to sit here and point fingers at people because baseball is a team sport. It’s not tennis or golf, thank GOD. Dusty did some bang up job managing these home games. The offense decided to be quiet. The defense decided to twiddle their thumbs. But after the ups and downs Reds fans have endured this year (and ever since I can remember), the fans deserved more. The TEAM deserved more.
We’re talking about a team who lost their $8.5 million closer Ryan Madson before the season even began. We’re talking about the team that lost Joey Votto for almost 2 months and seemed that all hope was lost. We’re talking about the team who thrived during those dark days that Votto was gone. We’re talking about the team who won 97 freaking games during the regular season. We’re talking about the team who lost their ace only 8 pitches into the postseason and STILL winning the game. We’re talking about the city and fans who are repeatedly bashed for not being better fans and showing up to games. We’re talking about the city that had so much hope for this young team.
These past couple of months have been rough for me. I was looking forward to the postseason. So much hope was riding on this for me. The team was FINALLY going to do something. People were FINALLY going to get to notice how special this Reds team is. You know, the people who don’t live in Cincinnati.
But these past few days, Twitter has been goddamn ruthless. It’s been ridiculous. “Reporters” bashing fans. Claims of players being disappointed about lack of fan enthusiasm. Reds fans turning against Reds fans. It’s not just the postseason meltdown I’m disappointed about. It’s the way the Reds went out.
I’m not normally a pessimistic person. I’m usually the girl who has sunshine coming out of my ass when it comes to the Reds. But this. This cutthroat, back-stabbing nonsense that was occurring between Reds fans was the last straw for me. Instead of bonding around a team, we were at each other’s throats because some people liked to “Woooo” or because most gave up at Game 3. I’ll tell you. I was at Game 3. There were plenty of missed opportunities there. PLENTY. But the team didn’t make the necessary plays. That’s baseball. Not the end of the world. There are other games to play. Then I looked at Twitter and couldn’t believe it. I already knew the Reds didn’t have a good fanbase but it was too much.
So I’ll leave you guys with this, because I’m starting to realize this is going nowhere… This has been the most disappointing ending to a season I have ever witnessed. Even in 2010, which ESPN loves to remind us of, I was happy. I loved the Reds, and I still do. But right now, I hate the way fans reacted. And now I have to have this taste in my mouth during the entire off-season. And that’s what I’m not happy about.
And as we’ve said for the past 21 years, there’s always next year.