Poor attendance sabotaged the lede. I wanted to begin last week’s column on the Cincinnati Reds by spotlighting the club’s post-All-Star break improvement, and something about our true character, and the things we do when no one’s looking. Before I could even type out the punchline – how the Reds roster must be chock full
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Like mad scientists blending hazardous chemicals, the mix concocted by this Reds brain trust was a combustible blend that very nearly exploded in historic fashion, but appears now to be a super juice that has Joey Votto batting nearly .450 since the All-Star break, Brandon Phillips poised to post his best offensive numbers in about five years and a pitching staff that now at least on borders on respectable.
Seems like there’s only one place to go from here. Nine months removed from a late-game playoff collapse at home against rival Pittsburgh, the Cincinnati Bengals begin anew; a new campaign to reverse what is now officially a quarter century since their last playoff victory. As a practical matter, this team is basically in the