Cincinnati Reds fans are rather unhappy with the direction of their organization this offseason (a huge sell-off), and a group tried to express it with a demonstration before Opening Day. Their chant, directed at team owners Bob and Phil Castellini? “Sell the team.”
The Castellinis are very aware of the unhappiness, and Phil was on the radio today ahead of the team’s home opener. When discussing the desire from the fans to spend more money or sell the team, Phil Castellini did not hold back:
Phil Castellini on upset #Reds fans: "Where you gonna go? Let's start there. Sell the team to who? … What would you do with this team to have it be more profitable? … It would be to pick it up and move it somewhere else. So, be careful what you ask for."
Are you kidding me?? https://t.co/bszK8LMa0w
— David Wysong (@DavidWysong_) April 12, 2022
Phil Castellini doesn’t care what the fans think because you have no choice but to root for them. Or the team will be sold and moved. pic.twitter.com/FKGBV88TSg
— Wooooo™ (@WoooooTheReds) April 12, 2022
So, basically, when fans ask Reds ownership to spend more money, Castellini’s response is that it can’t really be done in Cincinnati in the current baseball economic landscape, and if they are forced to sell the team, the new owners might just move the team. Real kind way to respond to fans.
Also, by the way: the Cincinnati Reds are *the* original MLB team, so they are never moving. Ever. That is just a silly thing to say in any case.
UPDATE: Castellini had a chance to clarify, and he stuck with a version of, what are you gonna do, root for another team?
— Mark Slaughter (@MarkVSlaughter) April 12, 2022