August 9, 2010-
It’s hard to believe it’s come to this, actually.
The Reds were chic pick to do something in April. After all, they had a good stable of young arms and 2 legitimate bats with Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. Some forecasted a over .500 record, others were bolder and pegged them as a Wild Card contender. A brave few even hinted that they could challenge the Cardinals deep into the season for the NL Central crown.
No one thought they’d be up 2 games on August 9, 2010, primed to absolutely destroy the Cardinals season by Wednesday. It wasn’t possible. Maybe in 2011 or 2012, but in 2010- the Cardinals had too much NOT to win the division.
But here we are. Sitting on the precipice of disaster. Outside of Busch Stadium where the Cardinals have been an abomination. Waiting to see if the thoughts and hopes we had for this particular team will be validated or exposed as fraudulent optimism pegged on a group of men that are more than willing to take the money and not produce.
If it sounds like we’re making this out to be a bigger deal that it is- then you haven’t been watching this team. While their record tells us they’re one of the elite teams in MLB, their oft lethargic and uninspired play not only has infuriated fans, but put them ass deep in a blood fight for the playoffs.
Yes, the Cardinals can get swept and still win the division or win the Wild Card. No, they won’t cancel the season and start the playoffs immediately if the Birds lose 2 of 3.
That’s not the point.
We want to see some fucking nuts.
A message to Cincinatti that while their story has been cute and fun and warms the cockles of your heart- it’s over. Put the toys away, kids. Play time is over. We want to see 40K fans who are going to finally pack Great American Ballpark curse every last dollar they spent on scalped tickets and murmur curses under their breath, deflated.
It’s time to plant a flag in that wasteland of America known as Ohio. A flag with a big giant red bird flying high. The real red, not some cheap imitation.
Will the Cardinals wilt? Can the Reds prove their worth? Who wants this worse?
Answers starting at 6.