One of my biggest pet peeves over the last season was the use of Dusty Baker inspired hashtags on Twitter. Over the season while the Reds were continually in first or second place, Reds fans decided things were going to well. So, they decided to attack Dusty via twitter.
I constantly say #FireDusty after any Reds loss. Newsflash to everyone we won the central and finished second in the NL. Sure we fell flat on our faces in the divisional round, the fact of the matter is during the regular season, during all the winning, Reds fans continually thought it was a good idea to fire Dusty.
The other hashtag that became popular was the #DustyLineup tag. This tag was a way to criticize the managers choice of lineup. Sure I didn’t agree with some of the calls he made. Leaving Stubbs in the lineup, allowing Rolen to play when Frazier was hotter. Those moves didn’t make sense, but again look at the record, 97-65. This hashtag got under the skin of the Reds social media staff who started hash-tagging the lineups with #DustyLineup, showing the clubs support behind the manager.
A little back ground for all the Dusty naysayers, previous to Dusty taking the managers job the Reds had not made it to the playoffs since 1995. 15 years this great city went with a mediocre so so baseball team. The moment we win two NL Central titles and go to the playoffs some fans want the man behind those titles to be fired. For what? Being knocked out in the first round. In 2010 no one was beating the Phillies in the divisional series, Halladay pitched the best game I have seen a pitcher throw that night. 2012, the Reds and players flat out blew it. No excuses there, one win from advancing with three to play and they killed it.
All I want out of Reds fans is support behind the club this year. I know I’m talking about a small group of fans but this team is good, I mean really good. Fans need to show up for games, not create controversy and enjoy this ride. We don’t get teams like this often, enjoy it everyone. See you all monday!