Everyone that is reading this article can recall the years 2007, 2008, and 2009, I hope. Maybe they were good years for you, but for the Reds, those years were not good at all. In ’07 the Reds finished 5th in the NL Central, going 72-90, they also finished 5th in 2008 after putting up a 74-88 record, in 2009 they finished 4th and went 78-84.
On the other hand, those years were great for the Chicago Cubs. In 2007 the Cubs won the NL Central by going 85-77, they won the Central again in 2008 by going 97-64, in 2009 they came in 2nd place in the division after going 83-78.
That’s right, the Reds used to be awful, and the Cubs used to be great. Things sure have changed. The teams basically became opposites.
The Cubs have not been a good team since 2009, and they are showing very little improvement. Derek Lee used to be the superstar of the Northside of Chi-Town, before he got old.
It’s easy to remember when the Cubs would come to town back in the early to mid 2000’s. There would be more Cubs fans at Great American Ball Park than Reds fans. And of course, some of those Cubs fans lived in the Tri-State, they were just on the Cubs’ bandwagon.
It’s crazy how much things can change in just a few years. The Cubs have lost a lot of players they used to have, they have lost a lot of hope as well. The Reds have signed a lot of new players since then, like Shin-Soo Choo and Mat Latos, they also have developed a lot of very good players since then as well, like Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart, and Chris Heisey.
I’m sure every Reds fan still has a little bit of hate towards the Cubs in their hearts, so let’s enjoy this series, and hope the Reds sweep the Cubbies.