Cincinnati Reds president Phil Castellini apologizes after telling disgruntled fans “be careful what you ask for”

CINCINNATI – Reds president Phil Castellini appeared to tell fans on Tuesday that they had no choice but to accept the team’s humble squad and then apologized a few hours later.

Castellini, also the team’s chief operating officer, is the son of Reds general manager Bob Castellini, the club’s dominant owner since January 2006. Cincinnati has reached the finals four times in 15 years, lost in the 2010 and 2012 league and wild-card rounds in 2013 and 2020. at that time, the Reds finished with a winning record in just five seasons.

Phil Castellini spoke on WLW radio on Tuesday before the team’s opening game and was asked why a fan should trust him.

“Well, where are you going? Let’s start there. I mean, sell to whom?” said Castellini. “That’s the other thing – do you want to have this discussion? If you wanted to see what you would do with this team to make it more profitable, make more money, compete more in the current economy that this game exists in? It would be to pick it up. and transfer it somewhere else.

“And be careful what you ask for. I think we are doing the best we can with the resources we have. We are not happier with the results than the fans. I’m not sitting here saying someone should be happy. I’m not polishing titles in the office right now, and that’s what we’re here to do. But the bottom line is – and I think we’ve had to change discipline. We have tried many things that did not work. And they came so close to working and did not. No one needs to tell me it did not work. So I think we have learned from these things. And trust me, [general manager] Nick [Krall], he is a missionary boy. And he is a bull in a porcelain shop who has his way of doing it and that is how to cultivate your own and that is exactly what he does. “

In the off-season, they exchanged reds with former star pitcher Sonny Gray, outfielder Jesse Winker, third harbor master Eugenio Suarez and Amir Garrett.

After the Reds lost 10-5 to the Cleveland Guardians and fell to 2-3, Phil Castellini issued a statement.

“I apologize to Reds supporters and regret the comments I made earlier today,” he said. “We love this city, we love this team and we love our fans. I understand how our fans feel and I’m sorry.”

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