Game Time: 1:10 in NY, 12:10 in Ashland
Let's stop beating around the bush.
Obviously, things haven't been all that great around here this season. We've had a hard time getting thread starters; we've lost key contributers and commenters; we've been snippy/snarky/downright rude to one another over and over again. The 2013 Reds October has been nothing like the 2010-2012 Reds October, or its previous incarnations.
And if, right now, you're thinking, 'yeah Ash; I can tell you a person or two who's been to blame!' stop. Because it hasn't been one or two people; it's been all of us. There isn't a single person on this board/blog/whatever you want to call it that's been a saint, and a major part of the problem has been when we've pretended that we are.
The point is, things have sucked. So what do we do about it? Some of it is, clearly, unavoidable. If people don't want to participate anymore, then there's nothing we can do to change their minds. And, as transparent as I can be on a board where I'm using an alter ego, that hurts. It feels like rejection, and that's a feeling no one enjoys.
But I think that sometimes we take that hurt out on the people who are still here. We punish the very people that are in this with us. And that can create a resentment and a negative experience that far surpasses any rejection we might feel from those who have gone.
I don't want the Reds October of 2010-2012; as the great Gaslight Anthem have sung, "God help the man who says, 'If you'd have known me when' - old haunts are for forgotten ghosts." I want the Reds October of 2013 to be a place where I can forget about the shit of every day life and talk about the Reds with some old friends. If that's too much to ask, then so be it; but I don't think it is.
Long story short - let's police ourselves, let's have a good time, and let's give each other a little more grace. Not everyone reacts the same way to things, so let's recognize the diversity of opinion and thought on this board and be done with the side arguments and snippy comments.
Also, Go Reds.