Jay Bruce was
a part the center of many incredible Reds memories over his 8+ seasons with the Reds. I have compiled a list of Bruce’s biggest moments with the Reds. I am sure that I missed several, but I did my best. It was especially hard to find and remember moments before 2010, because MLB.com has limited video beyond then. Be sure to share any other great moments (or even cool Bruce stories) that I might have missed in the comments.
15. Bruce homers in five straight games in his final week with the Reds (7/23/16 – 7/27/16) – VIDEO
Jay Bruce has always had a flair for the dramatic. Bruce homered in five consecutive games during his final week with the Reds (6 total bombs). It even included a 3-run home run in his final AB at GABP.
14. 2012 NLDS Game 1 HR (10/6/12) – VIDEO
Postseason home runs are always special. Bruce hit two in his Reds career, and this one got the Reds off to a big 3-0 lead in Game 1 of the 2012 NLDS. The Reds would go on to win 5-2.
13. Walk-off HR vs Brewers (6/14/13) – VIDEO
Just another Jay Bruce walk-off home run during a playoff run.
12. Bruce walkoff 3-run HR vs Mets (8/4/12) – VIDEO
Just another Jay Bruce walk-off home run during a division title season.
11. Bruce blows open Game 2 with 2-RBI double (10/7/12) – VIDEO
This was a big time double in Game 2 of the 2012 NLDS that blew the game wide open to give the Reds a 2-0 series lead.
10. Bruce solo home run proves to be winning run to clinch another division title (9/21/12) – VIDEO
In 2010, Bruce hit a pretty big home run to clinch a division title (more on that later). He actually hit another home run that would prove to be the winning run to clinch the NL Central two years later.
9. Epic 12-pitch AB in Game 5 (10/11/12) – VIDEO
This one didn’t have a happy ending, but many folks in Reds country will remember this epic at-bat. Bruce battled, battled, and battled some more against Sergio Romo for 12 pitches with the game, and the season on the line. I remember being at GABP, and I have never been at a sporting event where the crowd was louder. It was deafening.
8. Bruce’s late home run vs Roy Halladay (6/30/10) – VIDEO
This was a big moment in the 2010 season. The Reds were trailing 3-2 in a weekday game against the Phillies, and Roy Halladay was dominating the Reds. The game wasn’t even on TV in Cincinnati, but Marty and Thom were both in the radio booth for the call. Jay Bruce hit a big home run to put the Reds up 4-3 in the 8th inning. Thom said “this is why you don’t back down to these guys dad, you have to come right after them.” It was one of the first moments where you felt like the 2010 Reds were for real.
7. Bruce ties the game in 13th (4/21/13) – VIDEO
This was a marathon game between the Reds and Cubs. The Reds fell behind 4-2 in the top of the 13th, but Jay Bruce tied the game up with a 2-RBI double. The Reds would go on to win the game 5-4 on a walk-off single from Cesar Izturis as Bruce scored the winning run.
6. Bruce hits 2 home runs vs Kershaw on Sunday Night Baseball (9/8/13)
The Reds have really struggled in prime-time over recent years. Jay Bruce would have none of that on Sunday Night Baseball on September 8th, 2013. Bruce hit two home runs against Clayton Kershaw, the pitcher who would go on to win the Cy Young Award that season.
5. Bruce walkoff single puts Reds up six games in division (8/30/10) – VIDEO
2010 was a magical season for the Reds, and this walk-off single from Jay Bruce on August 30th just might have been the nail in the coffin for the St. Louis Cardinals.
4. Bruce homers in 4 straight games, including big home run late (6/18/13 – 6/22/13) – VIDEO
When Jay Bruce is hot, he is scorching hot. That was never more evident than this big streak during the Reds 2013 playoff run. The first home run was a big one, as he hit a home run off Jason Grilli to tie the game at 1 in the 9th. Grilli had converted 25 of 25 save chances of being 2013, and it was his first blown save of the season. The Reds went on to win 2-1 in 13 innings.
3. First home run (5/31/08)
I unfortunately could not find any good quality video of Bruce’s first home run, but this home video from YouTube will have to do. Bruce mania was sweeping the Queen City, and it all culminated in this walk-off home run against the Atlanta Braves. Looking back on Jay Bruce’s career now, it is no wonder that his first career home run was a walk-off. (ESPN Game Recap)
2. The Debut (5/27/08)
I’ll never forget being at GABP for Jay Bruce’s debut. I have a full story coming here on RN about how that night helped me fall in love with baseball again. Bruce went 3 for 3 with 2 walks.
1. NL Central clinching home run (9/28/10)
Just watch, watch, watch again, and then watch again. I’ll miss you Jay Bruce.
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.