Sign o’ the Times
We are just days away from the start of the 2009 baseball season. While no one is picking the Reds to win it all this year, I think most of us (yes, even me) can agree that this team is closer to being a routinely competitive ball club than they’ve been in a long time.
While it would be somewhat delusional to think that the Reds will make a run in the NL Central this season, it’s fair (finally) to think that the Reds can make a run in the NL Central this season.
That’s something to get excited about.
In the last year the Reds’ front office has taken steps to win back the fans.
Some pretty good.
Some really, really bad.
Chris Sabo’s Goggles figured it was time to take some steps, too…
In the spirit of those “It’s Gonna Happen” and “This Is Our Year” signs you used to see at Red Sox games, and now at Cubs games, I figured it was time for Cincinnati Reds fans to have their own ridiculous, slightly ironic, sad, and completely pointless sign that they can can hold up at games in an attempt to get on television for three seconds make their team seem more endearing than they really are
After all, those signs have done wonders for the Red Sox and Cubs.
Herein lies the rub.
The problem with a sign like “It’s Gonna Happen” is that it’s stating something as fact, and therefore easily disputed when the season ends and “it,” in fact, does not “happen.”
(See: Ryan Dempster)
Similarly, “This Is Our Year” is flawed in the sense that when it turns out not to be your year, the aforementioned claimed possession of this year — the year that now belongs to someone else — is no longer relevant.
Are you following me?
As you can imagine, coming up with a slogan for the 2009 Reds proved to be no easy task.
I wanted something positive, but not too positive. I wanted something catchy, but not too catchy. I wanted something bold, but not easily disproved. Lastly, the slogan couldn’t be negative because, after all, we don’t want to send the wrong message to the fans and/or players.
Well, at least not until September when we’re 17 games out of 1st place.
So, after careful consideration, it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you — the fans — the new unofficial slogan of the 2009 Cincinnati Reds:
Or, if you prefer a little color in your life, there’s this version:
(I’ve included links to high-res versions of the sign, suitable for printing, at the bottom of this post.)
Hang it in your cubical at work (assuming you still have a job, you lucky bastard), or use it to wallpaper little Timmy’s “big boy” room (assuming you can talk him out of the Jonas Brothers wallpaper). I really don’t care what you do with it.
Okay, I lied. I do care what you do with it. I want you to bring these to the games — Cincinnati Reds games, not some t-ball game played in the parking lot after church.
I imagine it will look something like this:
As an added bonus, if you send me a picture of you holding up the sign during a Reds game I’ll post it on Chris Sabo’s Goggles for my 27 readers everyone to see. If there’s enough interest (read: more interest than the two people who submitted questions to Ask the Goggles), I’ll create a separate page on the site to commemorate the fans’ reaction.
(Dare to dream!)
If you manage to get a picture of you holding the sign on the JumboTron at GAPB, then I might do something extra special for you.
(Settle down, ladies)
And if you can show me proof that you made it on television while holding up the sign, I might just hand over the reigns of this site to you forever*.
By the way, bonus points will be awarded to anyone seen holding the sign up at visitor’s ballparks.
Most importantly, have fun with it, and remember…
It’s Probably Gonna Happen (Maybe)!
*This is not a legally binding document and therefore any statements or claims made in this document can not be verified or argued in a court of law (suckers).