The Wild Ones
Your Cincinnati Reds clinched a playoff spot last night — and pretty much nobody is jumping up and down about it. But should they be?
If this was 2010, and the Reds’ first playoff appearance since Clinton was President, then I could justify the celebration. This is the third trip to the playoffs in four seasons for the Reds, though, so in a way this is old hat for them. However, after getting swept in the first round of their first visit, and their collapse in the first round of their second visit, this time it’s very much a do-or-die trip. Fail again and jobs will be on the line, changes will be made, players won’t be re-signed and trades will be discussed.
There’s also the fact that the Wild Card only guarantees one game. Jump up once you secure your Wild Card spot and there’s a good chance you’ve been eliminated before your feet touch the ground. If the players want to celebrate after WINNING the Wild Card game, be my guest — they earned it.
It’s a shame how much the Wild Card diminishes the excitement of clinching a playoff spot. When you don’t win the division, it’s easy to look past the fact that the Reds have won 90 games (and counting) this season. Hardly a disappointing season.
The only thing still to be determined is where this Wild Card game will be played. My fingers are crossed for Wrigley Field.