With an on-field team Hall of Fame induction ceremony that included an entourage of former Cincinnati Reds‘ greats like Johnny Bench, Eric Davis, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Chris Sabo and Dave Concepcion, the stage was set for the 2014 Reds to stake their claim as one of the more memorable teams in Reds’ history. That is, if they could stave off the impact of key injuries this year and fight their way back into contention in the NL Central and the postseason.
The 2014 makeshift Reds fell off that stage with a barely audible whimper.
The Reds’ weekend series with a struggling Miami Marlins team (2-6 in last eight games prior) should have been fuel enough for the Reds to rally, but it wasn’t as the fourth-place pretender dropped two in a row. Not even the presence of greatness could help a jerry-rigged squad of .225 hitters show up with enough force to make anyone believers in past magic.
Off the field, the Reds are capping a week of ceremony that started with unveiling the logo for the 2015 All-Star game that will be held at Great American Ball Park and will officially end with the formal induction of Ken Griffey, Jr., Dave Parker and Ron Oester in the team’s Hall of Fame today.
On the field, the Reds sported a lineup that bore no resemblance to the great Big Red Machine teams of the 1970s or the Little Red Caboose teams of the 1990s. This current version of the Reds hardly bears little resemblance to its own shadow of the successful teams since 2010.
With expectations for the 2014 season quickly turning into grim reality for the Reds and their fans, at least the organization is providing a reminder of the franchise’s glowing legacy, and hope for another chance at greatness next year in 2015 should this year’s Reds continue to fail.