“PLEASE COME DOWN FROM THE LEDGE”
The Reds are currently 3-6 and judging from my Twitter timeline, the 2012 season is over. RIP.
Just for grins and giggles, I checked to see how other recent successful Reds teams started off…
2010: The Reds burst out of the gate with a 5-8 mark. I think all of us remember how it ended up; 91-71 and champagne in our eyes.
1999: The Reds started 4-8, finished 96-67 and lost a one-game playoff against Bobby V’s Mets.
1995: The Reds dropped their first 6 games to start the season and 8 of their first 9. Miraculously the boys posted an 85-59 mark and lost to the Braves in the NLCS.
1979: The Redlegs began the ’79 campaign 4-6 <gasp>. Somehow, they still finished with a 90-71 record and made it all the way to the NLCS where they lost to Stargell, Parker and the “We Are Family” Pirates.
1975: Without Twitter and popular radio call-in shows, folks didn’t have the luxury of hiding in the comfort of their own homes while proclaiming to the universe that the 4-6 Reds were bound for disappointment. If 108 wins and a world championship is disappointing, then I officially retire from baseball.
1972: The dreadful Reds of ’72 stumbled off the blocks to a 2-6 mark. Who would’ve guessed that 8 games doesn’t actually forecast 95 wins and a World Series berth?