Reds need more hitting, less ripping of fans

redsmets1-350Maybe it was the frustration of the Reds’ 1-0 loss to the Mets on Wednesday, a loss that gave the woeful Mets the series and all but ended Cincinnati’s hopes of winning the NL Central, but Ryan Ludwick made a bad loss worse.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Paul Daugherty, the Reds’ leftfielder called out the fans, complaining about the poor attendance at Great American Ball Park.

“Coming over here, I heard about how big a baseball town this is. We’ve put awinning ballclub out there’’ three of the last four years, said Ludwick. “This is a good team. When we went to Pittsburgh, they had an advantage. (Fans) were loud. A playoff atmosphere.’’

Ludwick said he had an epiphany of sorts Wednesday. With two outs in the Reds 9th, he heard a woman in the fifth row behind the home dugout, loudly taking the fans to task. “We have a great team and our fans f—— suck,’’ she said, according to Ludwick.

Sorry, but it is Ludwick’s job to get hits and drive in runs, not beg for crowd support.

This is one of my cardinal rules. I’m not going to tell you how you should spend your entertainment dollar. If you don’t want to come to the park to watch the local team in a pennant race, or “support the seniors” at a UK game, or attend the local theater  production, that’s your decision. And I support your right to make that decision.

Meanwhile, one of Daugherty’s readers argues that despite their winning ways, the Reds are, well, just not all that interesting. The fan writes:

Attendance, which set a GABP record, has been disappointing this year, but in reality the 2013 version of the Reds is not very exciting to watch. Actually they are boring. Other than Chapman and maybe Hamilton I can’t think of one player who I would deem exciting to watch. And maybe Votto will never be the hitter he was, but watching him play defense and run the bases like he is in another world is very disturbing and a real turn off. Add to that the players criticizing the fans and I’ve decided not to purchase tickets to this year’s playoff games.

You can vote in Lance McAlister’s poll on Ludwick’s comments.

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