Posted on 11. Oct, 2010 by in All, General Baseball.

Today, I am Happy to be a Cincinnati Reds Fan

I waited 15 years for that?  Yep, and I would not trade any of it for anything in the world.  I watched exactly three hours of baseball in Great American Ballpark and the season for the Cincinnati Reds came to a close.  I swore I was sitting back in Riverfront Stadium in 1999 watching Al Leiter throw a gem as the Reds offense just could not get anything together.

So many emotions run through my body hours after watching the Philadelphia Phillies sweep my favorite team out of the playoffs.  Was this young Reds team ready for this type of atmosphere?  Lets be honest, they were facing a great team, a team that is the favorite to win it all.  They have three dominate starters and a strong lineup from top to bottom.

I have to admit I didn’t yell much, never booed, and left my Reds Rally Towel folded up inside my bag.  I clapped a lot and encouraged the hometown boys, but I mostly just soaked in the night.  Sitting, and some standing, next to my dad watching our Reds return to meaningful October baseball was something special. I know this team has a great young nucleus that can win for years to come, but in sports,you just never know.  What I do know is that I cannot mentally handle going another 15 years in between post season appearances.

My camera does not take great pictures at night, but I did try to snap some for you of some things going on.  Enjoy and as always thanks for checking in and reading my blog.

I felt safe because Stormtroopers were on patrol outside

Lots of political signage outside the park

NL Central Banner flying proudly

Main gate was crowded hours before gametime

Extra Merchandise trailers were brought in

Only item I bought...and NLDS Baseball

Rally Towels were given to each fan that walked in the door

NL Central Banner made and signed by fans

Gates opened early so fans could watch both teams take batting practice

the OTHER NLDS game was being followed on the scoreboard

Many signs had to be replaced for the playoffs, like the tarp cover

Lots of boos as the Phillies were introduced

Rally Towels were going as the Reds were being introduced

Crowd was pumped before the game started

a Sea of Red...

National Anthem

Proud to be part of largest crowd in GABP history

Chapman hit 105 in the 9th...

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