Cincinnati Reds President and Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini was on the radio this morning for (home) Opening Day festivities with Mo Egger and Scott Sloan on 700 WLW (the full segment can be found here). The Reds have seemingly been on an all out public relations blitz with three different articles showing up on the Cincinnati Enquirer’s website in the last three days praising ownership for not selling the team and or trying to make it seem as if they can’t afford to compete by sharing graphs and charts with plenty of incomplete data that no author even put their name on, merely having the article by “The Enquirer”.
Mo Egger presented this question to Phil Castellini: Sloaney (co-host of this segment Scott Sloan) asked you about the quote ‘Show a little faith in us’, right? And I saw you got raked through the coals. And you have people saying faith is earned, 15 years of ownership and they haven’t won to the extent we like and so you had my faith, but you’ve lost it. Why should that fan maintain trust in you?
You can listen to this specific portion of the interview at the link above at the 10-minute mark.
Here is Phil Castellini’s answer to “why should the fans maintain trust in you?”:
“Well where are you gonna go? Let’s start there. Sell the team to who? That’s the other thing – you want to have this debate? If you want to look at what would you do with this team to have it be more profitable, make more money, compete more in the current economic system that this game exists – it would be to pick it up and move it somewhere else. And so be careful what you ask for. I think we’re doing the best we can do with the resources that we have. We’re no more pleased with the results than the fans. I’m not sitting here saying anyone should be happy. I’m not polishing trophies in the office right now and that’s what we’re here to do. But you know, the bottom line is, and I do think we’ve had to shift the discipline. We’ve tried a lot of things that didn’t work. They came this close to working and they didn’t. Nobody’s got to tell me it didn’t work. I think we’ve learned from those things. And trust me, Nick is a guy on a mission. He is a bull in a China shop that has his way to do it and that way’s to grow your own and he’s doing just that.”
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