So this showed up in my Instagram feed this morning and, I gotta say, I think it had the desired effect. It definitely lifted my spirits.
After this past Bengals season I’m ready for a change. This was the season that the Bengals were going to turn the corner. They had the best regular season record (12-4) they’ve had in years. Andy Dalton was awesome! The receivers were for real! Even the sports announcers were changing their tone when they talked about the Bengals. After the truly depressing 2015 Reds baseball season (64-98) this was like a breath of fresh air! The atmosphere of the whole city just felt a little more positive.
Then Andy got hurt.
But, guess what! AJ McCarron proved he was ready! There was still hope!
Then came the post season. One and out. The usual.
But it wasn’t just that we lost. I could take that…if I had to.
But it was the disappointing WAY we lost. Disappointment in the lack of sportsmanship in the game by both teams. Disappointment in the inconsistent officiating. Disappointment in the lack of class displayed by our own players during and after the game. And, the cherry on top: it was a loss to, of all teams, the Steelers.
So, for me, football season is over. Maybe for a few years. (Except, go Peyton!)
But then I see this reminder that baseball season is coming…again!
Sure the Reds are going to be a different team. I can’t imagine seeing Todd Frazier in a White Sox uniform. I suppose the good news is we’ll never play against him.
We won’t have Aroldis Chapman, Sam LeCure or Brayan Pena – all players that I really liked.
However, it’s not all bad. We’ll still have Devin Mesoraco, Eugenio Suarez and Billy Hamilton. I love those guys! (I hope Billy is learning to hit during the off-season.) Zack Cozart will be back. And it looks like we’ll still have Joey & Brandon on 1st and 2nd. We’ll have Rasiel Iglesias (who really impressed me last year), Anthony DeSclafani and I’m guessing Homer Bailey all as part of our pitching rotation.
So, yeah…I think there is reason for hope.
There will be baseball.
Of course, I do tend to be a cock-eyed optimist.
PS – If all else fails, there’ll still be Lemon Chills.