I don't have much use for either Bob Boone or Jim Bowden, for all of the reasons already bandied about here. But in fairness, they were not given much support or many resources from the owner. Carl Lindner is a feeble, cheap, senile old man.
Lindner refused to spend any money on quality pitching and instead we got a daily lineup of retreads and cast-offs: Ryan Dempster (whom I like but he's damaged goods), Paul Wilson, Jimmy Haynes...oy vey, I could go on and on but I won't. I think given proper coaching (such as the A's & Braves pitchers receive), Danny Graves has good stuff and could be further developed. Graves has been handled poorly. I was furious last season, when they kept switching the kid between the bullpen and the starting rotation. Scott Williamson is a decent closer and should command some interest this week before the trading deadline hits. There are 2 young pitchers the Reds have --- Ryan Wagner and this Acevedo kid --- if handled properly (which they won't be, if they remain here) could be something special.
We Reds fans want to see a commitment to winning, something we haven't seen in about 6-7 years. I was once a Bengals fan but I gave up that punishment about 5 years ago, because the organization showed that it didn't care about winning or even competing. But I grew up a Reds fan and as we all know in this forum, baseball gets in your blood and your team is your team, for better or worse. This could be a new start for this franchise, which has such a rich history and tradition. But that tradition has been spit on the last few years and it makes me both angry and sad.