She may have been and idiot, but when you are in a small market town
with one of the richest histories in baseball, would you rather have
a owner with passion about her team that tends to constantly brain fart
or a corporate type that only worries about the bottom line?
Hmmm... I will take the dog poop on the field instead of what the Banana King is force feeding me anyday.
I had the oppurtunity to meet her once. It was at the Concourse D'
Elegance in Cincinnati, Ohio. For those of you unfamiliar, it is a car
show for high end all stock classic cars. She stopped to admire my
stepfathers car, talked with us briefly, and seemed pleasent enough. I
even played with Schotzie (I think it was 1). Just about the time he
took a dump in front of our $75,000.00 car she turned and walked off
as if it never happened. What are you going to say?
Marge loved Reds Baseball.
She loved her dog. She loved Jim
Bowden. My guess is that she hated everything else around her including
herself. All of us living in a small market town in this new age of
baseball would gladly take her passion when it came to her ball team.
She didn't sit in an Owner's Box. She sat in the front row nightly.
What kind of ball team did we have before her? Who could forget
stars like Paul Householder and Dann Billardello? We stunk! Her first
business was to bring back tradition. Who better than Pete Rose
(which by the way we ran out of town, along with the rest of the Big Red
Machine) to do that? So he wasn't a great manager. Heck, we were not a good team so
what could it hurt? What it did do was bring fans back to somber
Riverfront Staduim. We started to look better though. Instead of
last, we finished 2nd in our division. We started to look better and
better. Of course, we can't forget the Rose incidient which was truely a
blessing in disguise or we would have never gotten Sweet Lou. So the
managers hated her. So did the GM's. WHO CARES, WE JUST SWEPT
THE BEST TEAM IN BASEBALL TO WIN THE WORLD SERIES! Did we have the best
team in baseball? NO!
Now we have the Bowden Era. The hardest working young GM in
baseball. Always looking for the big deal and the diamond in the rough.
Yeah, by this time Marge has killed our minor league system, our scouts
are terrible, but are we competitive on the major league level year in
and year out? YES! Let's ask the Cubs or Red Sox what there minor
league systems have done for them that past 100 or so years. I bet they
would trade all those great players they developed for one World Series
title. Marge overspent and lost money every year she owned the team.
Did she complain? I never heard her ask for anything back from the
city. She felt that it was our birth right to have a good team on the
field. Did she allow Bowden to go out and get players to help us try
and win? Well, only if we were fighting for the pennant, which by the way
was most of the 90's. Did we win again? No, but did we fell good about
our ball team? Yes! Bowden even fought off the lure of the Yankees to
stay in this small market city.
We owe more to Jim Bowden, and Carl Linder owes more to the city of
Cincinnati. We agreed to build the Great Americain Ball Park for Marge
and Jim's Reds. Carl Linder owns Chiquita Bannana, Linder's Bagels, and
a slue of other money making businesses. Do those companies put sub par
porducts on the shelves of your local supermarkets? If they did would
they still be in business? These are the questions I have, along
with why did we trade Boone and Guillen instead of Larkin? They both
made less combined and had triple the production!
Give me the crazy lady and the dog anyday!
Salley is a disgruntled Reds fan from Middletown,
Ohio, and is a member of a fantasy baseball league
with the editor-in-chief. While his views
may not reflect the views of the overly Yankee-biased
editorial staff at Buhner.com, we understand where
he's coming from. We also think he'll like
Brandon Claussen, once he gets to know him.