Pete Rose was asked about his thoughts on the 2009 Cincinnati Reds. Unfortunately Pete was feeling honest on this day.
They aren’t as good this year as they were last year (74-88, fifth place). They didn’t do anything this winter to really help themselves. They acquired a catcher (Ramon Hernandez) who hit .257. Stevie Wonder could hit .230.
Annnnd he kept going:
I went to an NBA game in Indianapolis (last week). I wouldn’t have gone if LeBron James wasn’t playing. Who do the fans in Dayton have to drive to see on the Reds? You don’t want fans in Dayton driving to see the opposition. Who would you pay to see on the Reds?
They have to create some identity for the fans with players. They had it with Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn, but now who do they have?
Johnny Cueto, Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, but you’re right. I’d much rather watch that antelope Adam Dunn or broken down assed Ken Griffey Jr.
And one parting shot from the great one:
We (the Big Red Machine) ruined it for them by being so good. You aren’t going to get attendance if you don’t win. It’s a shame, but that’s the way it is. If they don’t get off to a good start, with the economy, they’re in trouble. I mean, what reason did they give fans last year to come back this year?
He speaks the truth to a degree. But we really don’t need him slamming us anymore then guys on the other sides are already going to.