COMMENTARY | The Cincinnati Reds have an active fan base on Twitter. Every night, fans gather online to react, argue, and cheer. Here are seven things Reds fans will tweet about in 2013:
1) It starts at the top
Reds fans will be singing the praises of the new lead off guy, CF Shin-Soo Choo this season. The admiration has already begun in spring training with Chooooo tweets when he gets on base and scores (thanks to 1B Joey Votto). Few will miss the struggles of CF Drew Stubbs.
2) Dat Play
Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP on Twitter) is an amazing defender who has a Web Gem seemingly every night. Whether he flips the ball around his back to start a double play or goes horizontal to take away a hit, Phillips plays with passion. His dazzling play often leaves me speechless, but luckily I can still tweet. Reds fans love Phillips and Phillips loves his fans, especially on Twitter.
3) Lineup questions
Not all is sunshine and butterflies to Reds fans. Lineup complaining last season was particularly bad as manager Dusty Baker constructed a puzzling reverse-OBP batting order. Even with the addition of the on-base-machine Choo, Reds fans will find a way to question Baker's decisions.
Early in spring training, there was some concern about Votto's knee and how it would affect his power. In one practice, Votto told hitting coach Brook Jacoby that he would hit a home run for him. He did.
"Tweet that, John," RF Jay Bruce told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "He's back."
Reds fans should have little doubt that Votto will be a force to be reckoned with this year.
5) Told you!
The biggest argument during spring training surrounded Aroldis Chapman. Should he start or close? Every Reds fan on Twitter had their opinion and voiced it with statistics, links to articles, and CAPS LOCK. The dead horse was beaten and a decision was reached, but we can definitely expect told-you-so tweets if Leake stumbles or Chapman blows a save.
Though his average (.252) wasn't stellar, Bruce hit 34 home runs last year and knocked in 99 runs. His doubles, home runs, and RBI totals have all increased ever since he came into the league in 2008. When he gets hot, Bruce gives fans a lot to be excited about.
7) Snarky responses from Fay
John Fay from the Cincinnati Enquirer gets a lot of questions about the Reds. Some people ask good questions and others set themselves up for a snarky reply. Fay can't seem to go an hour or two without being sarcastic so look for a lot of it this season. Personally, I love the guy's dry humor.
Reds fans are enthusiastic, funny, and occasionally argumentative on Twitter. If you don't have an account, sign up for one. If you do, go follow some Reds fans and see what everyone is tweeting about!
Andrew J. Roth studied journalism at Lehigh University and received his Master's from the University of Illinois. He has been following the Reds and Major League Baseball since he met Barry Larkin in 1993. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewJohnRoth.
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