Reds Apologize for Sucking, Trading Adam Dunn, But Not For Dusty

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Reds Apologize for Sucking, Trading Adam Dunn, But Not For Dusty

. Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Castellini and Jocketty, the faces of somber contriteness

At the risk of bad karma, we're going to bring this bit of delicious schadenfreude to you, our readers. The Cincinnati Reds, a team with a history of apologies (surely you remember Marge Schott) has issued another hat in hand open letter to their long-suffering fans. But there is no Nazi armband at the center of this brouhaha. The Reds simply suck - and trading away Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey Jr. didn't really ease the pain of their fans. Following last night's Harden masterpiece, the Reds stand at 55-71, a Cubs-esque (most of my childhood, anyway) 22.5 games back. They were never World Series favorites, but Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press, Carl Bialik of the Wall Street Journal, and Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN (who should really fucking stick to football) all picked the Reds to take the divison. I suppose that didn't really work out, in hindsight.

Reds CEO and and President Bob Castellini and Walt Jocketty co-signed the letter, which leans hard on excuses. Injuries happened, trades were inevitable, Gypsy curse, blah blah blah. You can read all about it here. I guess the thing I really don't enjoy is the assumption that stockpiling young players will automatically lead to success. Just because Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez are showing some potential, it dosen't mean giving away Adam Dunn's power and OBP for players to be named later was a smart move for a team looking to rebuild. At 28, Dunn wasn't exactly over the hill. The Griffey thing I understand, but Adam Dunn for Dallas Buck plus two? Please.

As a Cubs fan who has suffered through the likes of Gary Gaetti, Steve Trachsel (2007 edition), and Todd Hundley, I can understand jettisoning the older guys to build for the future. And I especially appreciate an actual apology for a bad team - Lord knows the Tribune Company still owes Cubs fans one for most of the '90s. I may not agree with the way they justify themselves, but I do appreciate the fact that they know the fans are pissed, and they did something about it.

It's too early to know whether or not it's just lip-service, but apologizing for a sucky 2008 is a good start. As a big fan of a 2006 Cubs, I believe I know EXACTLY what Reds fans are going through. If only there was one person upon whom we could lay blame for the 2006 Cubs and 2008 Reds...


So cheer up Reds fans, we've also been through the "wheels fall off" segment of the Dusty Baker Experience. Trust us, it gets better.