Can the Big Red Machine close the season?

I am a Red fan. In most years, that means some hopeful excitement into May (maybe June) followed by a precipitous drop before the All-Star break. This year is different. As the season approaches September, the Reds sit atop the NL Central above a Cardinals team that is having a hard time hitting its stride.

As I’ve said before, I listen to ESPN Radio almost all day at work. Colin Cowherd has the 10-1 slot and has recently established a daily rant against the Cincinnati Reds as pretenders. Cowherd has apparently found a handful of Reds fans who maybe think the Reds should be World Series champs, and now he is using them as show fodder. Cowherd loves this approach – find an extreme fringe opinion, make it seem like the majority view, and build himself by exposing it as foolish. He is very good at what he does (and very entertaining), but the Reds bashing is getting tiresome.

As for me, I’m not worried about how the Reds will stack up against the Braves or Yankees. I just want to know whether the Reds can outlast the Cardinals. If they can’t, then I question whether they’ll hang on for the NL Wildcard. After years of disappoint, I don’t want to fall into that familiar hopeful trap. I feel like the Reds’ reaching this point in the season is a victory in and of itself. But, after coming this far, they need to win something. They need to reach the postseason. If the Bengals could do it last year, make the Reds can make it happen this year.

Finally, in honor of the Big Red Machine (and in order to include a card in this otherwise card-free post), here is a modern insert of Cesar Geronimo, an often forgotten member of the 1975 and 1976 Reds.

2004 Topps Retired Signature Black #61, SN 65/99

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