I have been reading posts here for quite a while, and it seems like there is a lot of negativity toward a few teams, particularly the Cubs and maybe the Cardinals. I have to say I am onboard with that for the Cardinals, mostly due to my hatred for LaRussa...but I don't get too worked up about Chicago...because, after all...they are the Cubs.
But I would like to take a minute to discuss a pet peeve of mine. There is one team that really, REALLY gets my goat whenever we lose to them - the friggin Brewers. Maybe its a little bit of the old NL arrogance that makes me feel like this, but why aren't we dominating these guys? We SHOULD be dominating them. Before this year, especially, we should have owned them.
It feels like that they have really had the Reds number since they flipped leagues. I went back and ran the numbers. Since they joined the league in 1998, we have run up a 60-63 record against them going into this season.
Now, you might say that that isn't too shabby...it's pretty close to .500 ball against a division opponent. But you'd be wrong.
Of course, this all started when we lost 2 of 3 to them in 1999 to throw us into a one game playoff with the Mets to get into the playoffs. First we go up 3-0 only to have Graves and Sully blow it in the 10th inning. Then to have Guzman, Reyes, and Belinda get their heads kicked in to throw the second game. We had the Astros squarely in our sights and a chance to win the division, and instead, we have to play one game against the Mets, and we have our little glory snatched from our hands by Al Effing Leiter. And who was to blame? Milwaukee.
Milwaukee has plenty more things to not like. For instance, where does Commissioner Bud hail from? Milwaukee. Who snatched Brady Clark from us? Milwaukee. Which team employs Bill Effing Hall (to whom the Reds should never pitch again)? That's right, Milwaukee.
I could go on. But there is something about Milwaukee that everyone can find to dislike. Now that the Dodgers are out of our division, lets unite in an extreme, irrational dislike of Sausageville USA. Who's with me?