He was safe, actually. I would have made “bad umpiring” into reason number 4, but that’s an epidemic that affects all the teams. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Reds down 0-2 to the Brewers: Joey Votto takes the first pitch for a ball and sends the second pitch into center field where it is caught by Carlos Gomez.
“I guess the Reds are losing the series to the Brewers,” I say.
“No, they’re getting swept,” replies my husband.
Now, we won’t know whether the Reds actually get swept by the worst team in the NLC for another seven hours or so, but this conversation is indicative of what it feels like to be a Reds fan right now. It just feels hopeless.
It’s a strange way to feel. The Reds are still 10 games over .500. Their 50-40 record would still give them first place in the NLW and the ALC. They’ve just gotten two infielders elected starters in the All-Star games. And yet.
One reason that Reds fandom feels so bad is that, while the overall team record is st...