Cincinnati Reds Have Much To Be Thankful For Despite Poor Finish

By Vinny Carozza

Disappointment seems to be the overwhelming feeling going through the Queen City right now, and enough is enough. So what if the Cincinnati Reds didn’t win the division? So what if they didn’t win home-field advantage in the Wild Card game? So what if they lost our last five games of the regular season?

The city of Cincinnati is among only four other cities in the NL that boasts a playoff team for the year of 2013. Whether the Reds are the no. 1 seed or the last team is irrelevant, and the achievement of  the postseason alone should garner praise and adoration.  

Now I know that fans in Cincinnati have become accustomed to division titles, but they need to be reminded of the Reds’ dead age from 1996 to 2009. 14 years went by until the Reds were called an actual playoff team again in 2010. The team’s yearly highlights back then — if anyone watched them at all — were the games in which Ken Griffey Jr. hit a milestone home run.

Don’t get me wrong, those were great achievements by Griffey, but the Reds would immediately go back to being a third of fourth-place team with nothing to root for. The team now has back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since the Big Red Machine of 1975 and 1976, and anything that ties a season to those greats is something to celebrate.

So fans should stop with the pity parties and negative attitudes and enjoy this Tuesday night playoff game with all of the celebration it deserves. The Cincinnati Reds are only 12 wins away from bringing a sixth championship to the Queen City, and that is reason enough alone to get excited. 

Fans should start October off right by not only cheering home a big win for their Redlegs, but also with thanksgiving for a fantastic season of winning baseball. 

Vinny Carozza is a MLB writer/columnist for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @VinnyCarozza

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