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QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Q: Do you believe passion and intensity is alive somewhere under this Reds team or is that the missing element? — REX, HAMILTON.
A: Passion is displayed in many ways and intensity is a nebulous thing. Team personalities differ. Passion for the game is great, but how passionate was Ernie Banks and how many World Series rings does he have? It is all about talent and ability. The Reds have that. I remain mystified over fans’ disgruntlement with a team so close to the top and 16 games over .500. How would they like to be fans of the Giants, Nationals or Angels — the leaders in the clubhouse for the year’s Underachievement Trophy?