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Reds hoping to feel love, respect as team

Reds hoping to feel love, respect as team

Reds hoping to feel love, respect as team
CINCINNATI -- The National League Division Series is coming to Cincinnati, where the Reds are hoping to feel some of the love they felt was missing during their run to the postseason.

Game 3 starter Homer Bailey was the most emphatic Reds player on the subject, speaking out after his Sept. 28 no-hitter. He chided fans for the empty seats at Great American Ball Park, and the media for not paying more attention to a team that ran away with the NL Central.

"We keep listening about the 1970-whatever Reds," Bailey said. "But no one is taking about this team, and this rotation and the things that we've done, and the number of quality starts, the amount of innings -- the four guys over 200 and five guys making 30 starts.

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"We don't necessarily try to get the attention, but I think what everybody is witnessing with this team is something special. It shouldn't go overlooked."

Was he right? Have the Reds been overlooked?

Second baseman Brandon Phillips treaded carefully.

"I don't know what to tell you -- maybe they were just watching in TV," Phillips said. "All you can do is hope they come out and hope we can go out and win. I hope they're there when we get back [from San Francisco]. I want to see a lot of red in the stands, and I'm not talking about the seats, either."

The Reds ranked right in the middle of Major League Baseball in 2012 attendance, finishing 16th both in total attendance (2,347,251) and average attendance (28,978). According to ESPN.com's stats resources, Great American Ball Park played at 68.5 percent capacity, 15th of the 30 teams.

You can expect the ballpark to be rocking for Game 3 on Tuesday, which airs at 5:30 p.m. ET on TBS.

Game 2 winner Bronson Arroyo is the Reds' longest-tenured player, and said he did not blame fans if they were a bit skeptical. After all, it had been 17 years since a postseason victory before the Reds took Game 1 of the NLDS on Saturday night. Two years ago, they were swept by the Phillies.

"We felt like we had a young, good ballclub and we go in and get smashed by the Phillies in three games," Arroyo said. "So it brings that doubt to this ballclub. We have the same lineup as we had at that time other than Ryan Ludwick, we haven't put up a lot of runs lately, and we have been scratching out runs really through the whole season. It's not like we have been going out there and beating teams down 12-2 every night.

"So, playing those tight ballgames and realizing that the playoffs are a little different it's going to take us to get through the first round for people to believe that this ballclub has what it takes to win a World Series."

Manager Dusty Baker described it even more simply: "I think the average person is not they don't want to set themselves up to be disappointed, really. It takes a while."

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