Originally posted on Redleg Nation  |  Last updated 12/21/11
Dear Walt, We’ve been bad. We’ve been petty. Okay, we’ve been downright unreasonable. We’ve called you names. Joke-etty. Mr. Crickets. We admit it. You came to Cincinnati with some serious baseball bona fides, but in this day of Show Me What You’ve Won For Me Lately—that wasn’t enough. You came preaching patience, all the while talking about building a culture of winning, something that hadn’t been a part of Reds baseball since dinosaurs like Doggie and Charlie Hustle roamed the earth along Mehring Way. “This is the oldest franchise in baseball,” you said. “There is a history of winning here. People still remember the Big Red Machine, and that’s huge. But other than 1990, there hasn’t been a whole lot in between. It’s now important to get people believing that this can be similar to that era, and that it’s going to be a lot of fun to be a Reds fan.” And truth be told, you delivered a nice down payment on that promise sooner than we had a right to expect when you brought in Scot
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