Reds boss Phil Castellini mocks fans’ frustration and asks for a sale: “Where are you going?”

Opening Day in Cincinnati is basically a holiday. Companies give employees a day off, there’s a parade downtown, and although this wasn’t a traditional opening day, check out the crowd on the streets hours before the house opens Tuesday:

However, hours before the aforementioned house opened, a member of the Reds’ royal family cast a shadow over everything.

The main owner and head of the Reds team is Bob Castellini. His son, Phil, is president and chief operating officer, who manages the business and operations of the stadium.

Here’s Phil Castellini on WLW (the Reds’ main station) on Tuesday, when he was asked about fans who might be disappointed with the team.

For those who can’t listen, I’ll write here:

Well, where are you going? Let’s start there. I mean selling the team to whom? I mean, that’s the other thing, I mean, do you want this discussion? If you want to look at what this team can do to be more profitable, make more money, and compete more in the current economic system this game is in, that would be to pick it up and move it somewhere else. So be careful what you order. I think we are doing our best using the resources we have.

We are no longer happy with the results than the fans. I’m not sitting here to say that anyone should be happy, I’m not sitting here polishing any awards in the office at the moment. And that’s what we’re here to do. But the bottom line is I think we had to change the discipline, we tried a lot of things that didn’t work. They came close to working and didn’t, no one has to tell me they didn’t work. So, I think we learned from these things. Believe me, [general manager] nick [Krall] He is a man on a mission.

It’s hard to know where to start. Actually, wait, no it’s not.

This man was asked what he would say to fans frustrated about not being successful on the field and before he said “compete more” he said “profit” and “make more money”.

You know, these are the two main pillars that every fan wants from his team, right? Profitability and for owners to earn more money! Then, as long as the owners are taken care of, we hope our favorite team wins.

Ironically aside, let’s reiterate the most important takeaway here: A team owner was asked what he wanted to say to frustrated fans, and the message he wanted to get across to fans was that he wished he could make more money. With apparently no reason other than to be ruthless, he threw in all the “maybe we should move” nonsense that some owners like to comment on at times.

These are the paying clients that Castellini speaks to, the vast majority of whom have significantly less financial clout than a family capable of owning and managing a Major League Baseball team. It’s just an incredibly deaf tone.

The Castellini family bought the Reds in 2006. Since then, the Reds have gone on to lose a record 10 times, a record winning four times, and have made the playoffs four times (one of those four was the 2020 Extended Playoffs) and went 0-4 in the Match series. They went 2-9 in the play-off games. Asking the Castellini family about a frustrated fan base is too much. It’s the easy and obvious question.

Let’s delve into the topic of “Selling the team to whom?” My letter too, because he acted like there was no chance for anyone else to own the Reds.

There will certainly be interested buyers. Marlins were sold in 2017 for $1.2 billion. There is no doubt that the Reds have more prestige and are playing in a market that will go down more than the Marlins. Even if you do not agree with this opinion, the Castellini family bought the club in 2006 for $270 million. Rank these numbers, even while allowing for inflation and asset appreciation. Is the royal family comparable to the Reds? Probably. It was purchased in 2019 for $1.11 billion. For what it’s worth, Forbes valued the Reds in March at $1.19 billion.

I’m not sure arrogance needs to accompany the “sell the team to whom” line, Mr. Castellini. And again, he said anyone who thought the Reds could sell the team was ignorant. Isn’t this just another hit in the fan base?

It wouldn’t be too difficult to discuss the direction of the team, throw support behind general manager Nick Krall and even express hope for the future because of players like Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo. Instead, Castellini laughs out of his ivory tower.

We cannot expect perfect answers. He might not have been prepared for such a question – which would also be misconduct on the part of someone in his position – but, man, this sounds like one of the worst possible answers he could give.

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