The 2013 campaign for the Cincinnati Reds was supposed to end much differently than it did Tuesday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The Reds were dealt a fatal blow by the Pirates to cap off a season in what many around Cincinnati are sure to regard as disappointing.
Needless to say, the bitter defeat leaves many questions heading into the offseason, an offseason that is likely to have many in Reds Country searching for answers, and wondering what went wrong.
In the meantime, here are some quotes from the manager and arguably the team's best three players following Tuesday's game:
"I feel like the city of Cincinnati really deserves better. During the season, there was no point to [people who] say negative things. But now, since the season is over, we deserve everything. We choked. I don't care how my teammates feel about what I am saying now, because it's truth. Either you win or you go home. And I'm going home. The last place I want to be is on my couch." - Brandon Phillips
"They beat us on both sides of the ball. They just played better. They pitched better. They hit better. They were at home. There's nothing really else to say. It was, in my opinion, pretty apparent the whole game...Having good seasons and winning in the regular season is all fine and dandy. But you play and you win to win championships. We didn't get it done. We have to figure out a way to do a better job." - Jay Bruce
“Offensively, I never really got it going this year,” he said “I thought I did well with what I had. But it just wasn’t my best year this year offensively. And it was by far my worst year defensively. I felt like I made a lot of mistakes. I’ve got to do some learning and do a lot of work in the offseason to try to make the improvement I can to be a better ballplayer, so we can be a better team.” - Joey Votto
"It's very difficult because it's like, I don't know, unbelievable actually. Our club has been through a lot of things on and off the field. Our club has stuck together. We realize I guess now we still got some more work to go. We got some improvements, you know, to make. I don't know, it's very difficult to come down to one game, especially the way we played. We got out‑played big‑time." - Baker