It is usually refreshing to take a look behind us and see what was once there. Baseball teams are no different.
Ever since Curt Flood opened the door to free agency with his lawsuit in 1969, players come and players go.
When old school fans like to look at Al Kaline, Stan Musial, Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle, they remember them as a Tiger, Cardinal, Red Sock (I guess?) and Yankee.
Not that loyalty doesn't still raise its head from the groundhog hole occasionally, such as with Barry Larkin, Chipper Jones and Derek Jeter, it is not the trend.
It's hard to imagine that Albert Pujols is not a Cardinal. At least Stan Musial can rest securely as the greatest Cardinal ever.
The Reds, as every other team in existence, deal yearly, calling up, waiving, trading, buying and selling players as if they were heads of cattle or stocks in a corporation.
It would be interesting to see what kind of team could be fielded using ex-Reds.
The place to begin is behind the plate and moving around the diamond numerically as on a scorecard.
Let us proceed!