Thursday, June 27, 2013

The sky is NOT falling! Is it?

Baseball is a game of ebbs and flows. It's cliche to say it, but it really is true. It's a marathon, not a sprint. Much hand wringing and chicken little-ish behavior has been exhibited on Twitter and at places like over the past couple of days about the recent performance of our favorite team. I'm not panicked. At all. The 2013 Reds are 11-12 in the month of June. It happens. To EVERY team.

On May 16, 1975, the Cincinnati Reds were 18-19 on the season. If Twitter or the internet were such a thing in 1975, I'm sure that there would have been mucho angst at the time. If you're reading this website, of course you know the rest of the story. The 1975 Reds won 108 games, swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NLCS, and of course beat the Boston Red Sox in one of the most memorable World Series ever played.  Every team goes through slumps. Except for the 1927 Yankees. Their longest losing streak was 4 games, but that was a different era.

The 1990 Reds lost 8 games in a row and 13 out of 18 from July 19 to August 4. That team turned out ok. Even though they went from having an 11 game lead to a 3.5 game lead in less than 3 weeks.

The narrative for the 2013 season has yet to be written. There's a long way to go folks, so let's strap in and enjoy it. Just don't go off foaming at the mouth over a 23 game stretch in the middle of June. It doesn't matter in the long run.