I've been doing some research on Josh Gibson lately for a project, and an idea about the Reds hit me. See, the Negro Leagues used lights for night games all the time before the Reds GM had the first night game in MLB history. The Reds sucked (have we heard this before?) in the thirties and attendance was lagging. So the GM decided to play night games. And guess what? "With the increased revenue, MacPhail was able to build winning teams that won pennants in 1939 and 1940 and were the World Series champs in 1940."
Look, I have to do something I don't normally do, because I think it's important.
Look, the Reds have always been involved in innovative ideas - first professional team, first radio broadcast, first television broadcast, first night game...I know that a lot of these happened in other parks, but the fact is, the team had to agree with it.
So I'm going to do something I never do and point you to my economic case for innovation. Then come back here and tell me how you think the Reds can once again pull the innovation card out of their red caps and come out on top. I have some ideas of my own.