The Cincinnati Reds have been digging their own hole for the past year.
After finishing with a winning record in 2021 and falling not too short of the postseason, Team President Phil Castellini decided it was time to tank.
And thus, the Reds have traded away several stars including Jesse Winker, Eugenio Suarez, Sonny Gray, and Luis Castillo.
Now, the Reds are set up for a tough few years.
On Twitter, a Reds fan expressed how much she loved the team and how that will never change, but that the ownership group is making that very hard right now.
I will always be a #Reds fan because 1) Joey Votto, 2) MLB baseball is a quick 30 minute drive away, and 3) I just can't quit something I've loved since I was 10 years old, but Phil Castellini sure hasn't made it easy lately.
— Ashley Davis (@AshleyDavis32) January 14, 2023
Of course, Castellini has been in the news for the wrong reasons as of late.
While not providing a clear answer of the direction of the team, he clearly ruffled the feathers of the fanbase.
But this isn’t the first time Castellini has done that.
Following his surprising fire sale prior to the 2022 season, he responded to angry fans by asking where they would go.
The answer to that question was, and likely still is, not to the ballpark.
Fans in Cincinnati are sick and tired of there not being a clear direction on where the team is going, as well as ownership continually not doing whatever is necessary to build a contending ballclub.
It wasn’t too long ago that Winker, Suarez, Nick Castellanos, and Joey Votto were in the same lineup and Gray, Castillo, and Tyler Mahle were in the same rotation.
The future looked bright.
But that has since changed, much to the dismay of Reds fans.