Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's Checklist for 2012

Happy New Year everyone! As we turn the page on 2011 in favor of 2012, I'm sure we all have some personal goals and resolutions for the fresh, new year. But I thought it would also be nice to come up with a list of goals the Reds are striving for, so without further ado here is Cincinnati's checklist of things to accomplish for 2012:

- Finalize a contract extension with Brandon Phillips
- Crack the top 15 in attendance for the first time since 2003
- Find an everyday solution in left field
- Find a reliable closer
- Order Dusty's custom-made toothpicks
- Drew Stubbs: Keep strikeout total under 200
- Bronson Arroyo: Keep ERA under 5.00 & limit homers allowed
- Scott Rolen: Just stay healthy
- Beat the Cardinals every chance they get
- Have a winning record against Pittsburgh (unlike 2011)
- Avoid playing the Phillies like the plague (5-17 since 2009)
- Have 4 or more players selected to the All-Star Game
- Have a player participate and/or win the Homerun Derby
- Sweep the Indians (both series')
- Win many games in walk-off fashion
- Sam LeCure: Keep growing the 'stache
- Johnny Cueto: Avoid chicken wings in Chicago
- Win the National League Central Division
- Win the National League Pennant
- Win the World Series Championship

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