Cincinnati Reds: 5 Reasons Why the Reds Are Right on Track

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Cincinnati Reds: 5 Reasons Why the Reds Are Right on Track
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I'm just like you.  I stayed up all night to watch the Reds lose in the final game of the 1999 season at Milwaukee County Stadium and be forced to play again on that same day for a berth into the NL Wild Card.  Despite falling 5-0 to Al Leiter and the Mets in front of a gorgeous crowd at Riverfront, I felt that the Reds were poised for a decade of greatness. 

Just like you, I watched Jim Bowden sacrifice organizational depth for mediocre talent and convinced myself that guys like Alex Ochoa and Michael Tucker could guide a ship armed with guns like Pete Harnisch and Paul Wilson.  I marveled in 2003 at the new Great American Ball Park and then struggled for direction after Barry Larkin and Sean Casey no longer donned the wishbone "C". 

Just like you, I fought back tears as I watched Jay Bruce smash a Tim Byrdak fastball onto the berm in center field to clinch the 2010 NL Central title.  I stopped fighting off the tears and just flat out cried when he greeted his teammates at home plate (I got the chills just now while typing this sentence).  I giggled along with you as Jonny Gomes strapped on his ski goggles and shot streams of champagne into the late summer air.   

And just like you, I entered the 2011 season with a firm and justified belief that the Cincinnati Reds have something legitimate to showcase to us, the paying customers.  I believe that for at least the next six years, the Reds can compete for the NL Central title and here are five reasons that they are right on track. 

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