The Reds will win the division again, but thatís hardly anything to get excited about and the banner that will hang for that at Great American Ball Park should be thought of as more of a consolation prize at this point.
Heroes donít get remembered for winning division titlesĖunless itís one that ends an era of futility like when Jay Bruce hit the clinching home run in 2010 to walk off Houston and win the Reds first division title since my childhood.
The stakes have been raised and itís time to find out if these guys are going to be something special or if Dusty Baker will forever be remembered as a guy who couldnít win the big one. The eternal legacies of every guy on this roster (especially the cornerstones) will be linked to the end result of what this team does in 2013. The problem is the National league is LOADED this season. The Reds will have to come through a gauntlet to do this in 2013, unlike in 2012 when it came down to the hot team.
I like Washington, Atlanta, and Los Angeles as much as I like the Reds on paper in 2013 and I like St. Louis and San Francisco just behind the Reds. Someone in that mix is going to win the World Series. My gut tells me that the Reds fall short again this season with another NLDS exit in the playoffs.