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.
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by Dusty Baker, Cincinnati Reds Manager