The Cincinnati Reds are looking forward to starting over, to beginning again. This time without "stars" Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn. They are looking to their rising youth for a spark to ignite not only the team, but an entire city who has been waiting for 10 years.
Cincinnati truly is a baseball city and has been embarrassed by the Reds for the past ten years through episodes of laziness and seemingly carelessness. For a city that embraces the likes of Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, and Johnny Bench as their figureheads, that is crushing.
This year will be different though. This year the team is led by youngsters Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips, and Edinson Volquez to name a few. The team has also added a solid catcher in Ramon Hernandez and a speedy center-fielder in Willie Tavarez.
The Cincinnati Reds of 2009 have a new look; a look of pitching, speed, and defense as opposed to a look of sluggers who swing for the fence every time. Will the team win the central or make the playoffs? Probably not.
Will they have a winning season? Maybe. What I know though, is that this team will be exciting to watch and the people of Cincinnati will no longer be embarrassed by the lineup that leads the way onto the field at Great American Ballpark.