Let the battle for last place get underway. Jorge Soler will make his MLB debut against the Cincinnati Reds. The highly-touted outfielder is likely to join the Chicago Cubs lineup on Wednesday night vs. Mat Latos. Frankly speaking, I hope the Cubs beat the snot out of the Reds. And no, you may not revoke my Reds fan badge. I will be rooting for Chicago over the next three days because I love the Reds. And if you call yourself a Reds fan, you best be getting your Cubbies-love on as well.
Soler, as a goodbye kiss to the Iowa Cubs, blasted a parking lot shot before he was taken out of the game and given directions to Cincinnati. He’ll join Javier Baez as two of the four heavy-duty Cubs’ prospects on the roster. Kris Bryant and Addison Russell will probably get September calls.
So why should a Reds fan pull against their favorite team? It may seem drastic, but hear me out.
Owner Bob Castellini has a purchase-from-infomercials gullibility level, and Reds fans need to save him. A last-place finish is the only thing that will slap Castellini with the reality that, “Maybe my team does inhale profusely, and maybe my General Manager Walt Jocketty is a total muttonhead whose contract I should not extend.”
Bob, you promised Cincinnati a winning team. We fans have kept our end of the deal. We’ve gone into the poorhouse buying tickets and wrecked our health eating way too many of Coney dogs. Step it up, Bob, and dump your antique GM.
I hope Soler jerseys don’t sell out before Wednesday night.