CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds are experiencing one of the worst losing streaks in recent team history and a growing battle between fans and ownership.
“I just want the team to want to win,” said Cole Murray, a Reds fan who wore a brown paper bag over his head during the Reds game on Friday night.
The words “Sell the team Bob” were written on the front of Murray’s paper bag. Two of his friends also carried similar bags on their heads.
“We thought we were going to support the players, but do everything in our power not to support the owner group,” Murray said.
The Reds opened the season by beating the Atlanta Braves twice in a four-game series; but since then they have lost ten straight games, including all seven games on a week-long west coast road trip.
The Reds’ 2-12 record is the worst in Major League Baseball.
“The races, the results, all that – we know better than anyone that’s what this is about,” manager David Bell said after Friday’s 4-2 loss to St. Louis. “There are no excuses to be made. [The players] come out and give it their all.”
For fans who carried brown paper bags on Friday night, the message is not directed at the players.
Murray said they will continue to cheer on the players and the team.
“In the words of Phil Castellini, ‘Where are you going?'” Murray asked.
“We’re coming here,” Murray’s friend shouted during the interview, “but we’re not going to support [ownership].”
The real answer to Murray’s rhetorical question is Kroger. This is where he and his friends stopped before the game to collect their paper bags.
The interview was interrupted by a stadium official, who asked the fans to remove the bags from their heads.