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.

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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.

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13. Walk-off HR vs Brewers (6/14/13) – VIDEO

Just another Jay Bruce walk-off home run during a playoff run.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

About The Author

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.

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26 Responses

  1. Ryan

    Having to think about the 2012 NLDS and Bruce leaving is incredibly painful.

  2. Steve Mancuso

    Just a fantastic post. A bunch of wonderful memories. Thanks, Nick.

  3. another bob in nc

    Too bad we never appreciated Bruce for the player he was rather than judging him by the player we thought he should be.

  4. charles marz

    What about all of the dives and homeruns he has robbed.

  5. Chuck Schick

    I live in Chicago and there are a number of Cincinnatians in our office. We had no tv, so 6 of us were following the 12 pitch at bat on our phones. I’ll never forgot the collective excitement of what the next pitch would bring.

  6. Brian

    I remember watching #1 and going crazy…Jay was great and will be missed

  7. Scott Carter

    Great walk down memory lane. Bruce was a great player for big moments. I for one have been in a funk since yesterday. I really hated to see him go. Wish Him the best. Thanks Nick.

  8. Bruce Fan

    As I get older, I no longer have favorite players, Jay was one of the lasts of mine. Man I loved that dude.

    My son and I watched the Mets game last night, and he said who do we want to win, and I said the Mets, we are Jay Bruce Fans bud.

    • CaliforniaRed

      I feel the same way, Bruce Fan, regarding favorite players these days.Bruce is definitely my fave.

  9. lwblogger2

    Thanks for putting this together for us Nick. I for one, appreciate it more than I can say.

  10. Scott E. Disney

    Jay Bruce has a new jersey number . . . #19.

    Matz already had #32; Bruce is hitting 3rd and in RF for his first game as a Met.

    • Scott E. Disney

      Transaction: Scott Schebler is called up and is starting LF tonight.

      Jose Peraza is sent sown to AAA and 2B/LF Tony Renda is called up. Sounds like it may be a platoon between the two call ups in LF.


      Herrera is officially sent to AAA Louisville.

      • IndyRedMan

        Lville isn’t in the PCL! It should be interesting! Herrera did have 11 walks in 90 atbats for the Mets last year turning a .211 batt avg into .311 obp. Of course that would be more impressive if we knew he wasn’t batting 8th.

  11. Chuck Schick

    I think it stems from the Ray Knight-Eric Davis fight but the Mets have been my least favorite team for 30 years. It’s like Bruce is playing for the Old Soviet Union

    • IndyRedMan

      Plus its a bad park for power hitters! I really hoped he’d go to Houston or Texas

      • lwblogger2

        It’s not nearly as bad as it was. It’s still a pitchers’ park for sure but it plays much more fairly than it did when first built.

  12. MrRed

    Thanks for putting this together, Nick. Pretty much my list of best memories of Bruuuce!

  13. gusnwally

    I am in a fantasy league with my son and a lot of his friends. My son told me last night all the guys were asking if dad was on suicide watch.I love Jay, he is my favorite Red since Big Klu. I will sure miss him.

    • pinson343

      You have good taste, Gus and Wally.

  14. pinson343

    This is fabulous, Nick ! I will save a copy of every video and will keep a link to this post as long as it lives.

    Jay Bruce has been my favorite player since Jr. left, and having your favorite traded never gets easy. For me the first time was the Frank Robinson trade, the second time was the Vada Pinson trade. As a kid I was heartbroken, and right now I feel like a kid again.

    Very cool that you included the AB against Romo, even though it ended like it did. One of the most memorable ABs in Reds history. Bruce was locked in, I was just waiting for Romo to make the mistake that he made to Bruce last week, but it didn’t happen.
    Romo admitted after the game that he was so nervous his legs were shaking.

  15. pinson343

    PS to Nick: thanks for saving the memories for us.

  16. pinson343

    My only consolation here is that Jay said the Mets were his first choice. Best of luck on your pursuit of a ring, Jay.

  17. per14

    Is it just for me that all the videos say “restricted” when I click on them?

    Beyond that…great post. I’ll miss Jay despite his unevenness. He was always fun to watch. Great attitude.