In my humble opinion. If you are looking for an MLB team to support, even as your second-choice team, then it should be the Cincinnati Reds. Here are a few nuggets to chew …
(1) History: Cincinnati Reds are baseball’s first professional team. Founded in 1869. That’s older than every single Premier League football team.
(2) No easy games: The Cincinnati Reds are in the most competitive division, none of this beating up against the Marlins or Orioles or Tigers.
(3) Old v new: Progressive front office and novice manager battling against a fan base mired in traditional values.Embed from Getty Images
(4) Exciting youngsters: Jesse Winker, Nick Senzel, Nick Lodolo, Tony Santillan, Josh VanMeter, Aristides Aquino, Jonathan India, Hunter Greene, Phil Ervin, Lucas Sims, Tyler Stephenson and Tyler Mahle, to name just 12.
(6) Ticking upwards: Accordingly to an unsubstantiated source, the Cincinnati Reds have one of the fastest-growing fan bases in the UK. Make sure you are following @UKRedsMLB
(7) Winning isn’t everything: Six straight losing seasons, 418-554 (.430 W-L%). It takes a true sports aficionado to jump on board the Cincinnati Reds bandwagon.Embed from Getty Images
(8) Ohtani who? In Michael Lorenzen, the Cincinnati Reds have the best two-way player currently in the majors. In fact, he also plays outfield and swiped five bags, so maybe he’s a four-way player.
(9) Groundhog Day: The Cincinnati Reds suffered 33 one-run defeats last season. Following them is … character building.
(10) Hot takes: Outstanding account highlighting some of the most ludicrous opinions posted on the Reds Facebook page. Check it out @TodayinRedsFB
(11) It ain’t just country: When the Reds win the World Series, manager David Bell wants the parade song to be Pearl Jam
(12) The city: Cincinnati is beautiful. It is was also home to Neil Armstrong, Doris Day, Charles Manson, Stephen Spielberg, Mr Heimlich Manoeuvre and George Clooney’s dad.
And of course, Who can forget Amir Garrett deciding to single-handedly take on the entire Pittsburgh Pirates, captured magnificently by Sam Greene (AP).
Make sure you’re following us on Twitter @UKRedsMLB as we try to grow the sport in the UK and get as many newly-converted fans to join the Reds faithful.