It’s a fun question to ponder, but settling on an answer was harder than I expected. I’ve never witnessed a no-hitter or perfect game, never seen someone homer four times or collect hit #4,192, and never experienced division-clinching walk-off heroics. After mentally rewinding through three decades of fandom (and taking a quick glance through some ticket stubs I’ve saved since childhood), however, I was able to single out five of the dozens of Reds games I’ve attended across six states over the years.

#5: Reds 4, Tigers 3 (Plant City Stadium, Plant City, Fla., March 20, 1989)

As a 10-year-old fourth-grader vacationing in Florida over spring break, I cared little about theme parks or the beach. Instead, all I wanted to do was visit Plant City, where the Reds trained at the time. After two years of watching the team on TV as often as I could, this was my first chance to see my heroes in person. That said, you’d think I’d be able to remember something about the game – in which, according to the Enquirer archives, Terry McGriff homered and Scott Scudder pitched five shutout innings – but all I can recall is sitting in the bleachers (ticket price: $4) to the right of right field and being disappointed that all the players I knew and loved were removed after a few innings of play. (Apparently I didn’t quite understand how spring training worked at the time.) Still, it was my very first Reds game, so I’d feel silly not including it here.

Side note: as I searched for information about this game, I discovered it took place the same day that the Commissioner’s office announced a “full inquiry into ‘serious allegations’” (UPI) regarding the rumored gambling habits of then-manager Pete Rose.

#4: Reds 3, Dodgers 1 (Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif., Aug. 20, 2010)

Anyone who followed the Reds during the “aughts” won’t need me to remind them how miserable it was to be a fan during that decade. Believe it or not, it was even worse being a Reds fan here in Los Angeles, where they didn’t win a game for five full years. Accordingly, I was terrified when the team came to town in August of 2010 with just a 3.5-game division lead. Even though they were riding a six-game winning streak at the time, after a 15-year postseason drought, I didn’t want to witness the rupture that would precipitate their collapse.

I don’t remember Brandon Phillips going 3-for-5 with 3 RBI. I don’t recall Homer Bailey pitching seven innings of four-hit ball, or Arthur Rhodes mowing down the Dodgers in the 8th as he did with most every team that year. I remember the 9th inning like it was yesterday, though. The Reds were up by two, and I was convinced they’d find a way to choke. Even though he had 32 saves at that point, Francisco Cordero had blown six others and sported an ERA of nearly 4. As I held my sleeping 1-year-old son, I paced the top deck of Dodger Stadium nervously and watched Cordero settle in to face the heart of the L.A. order. I cheered as quietly as I could after he struck out James Loney to start the inning, but cursed like a sailor (albeit in whispers) when he gave up a single to Matt Kemp. Here it comes, I told myself.

I was wrong. On a 1-1 pitch, Casey Blake hit a weak grounder to Paul Janish, who proceeded to turn a 6-4-3 double play. Game over. I couldn’t believe it – the five-year L.A. losing streak was history, and even better, the Reds had won their season-high seventh in a row. Naturally, they dropped the next game, but when they won the getaway rubber match, I felt confident they’d hold on to win the Central.

#3: Reds 2, Mets 1 (Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 15, 1990)

The summer after fifth grade, I took my first trip to Riverfront. After a 9-0 start, the Reds were cruising in the NL West and held a 7.5-game lead when I arrived in town on July 14 to see Jack Armstrong’s first appearance since starting for the National League in the All-Star Game.

During the first half, Armstrong lived up to his name, going 11-3 with a 2.28 ERA – but by the end of the second half (during which he went 1-6), he had lost his spot in the Reds’ starting rotation. It seems my maiden game at Riverfront was the beginning of the end for Armstrong, who was roughed up for five runs over 3+ innings as the Reds fell to the Mets, 6-3.

The following day’s script had a happier ending. As I wrote last week, during the second half of the 1990 season, Nasty Boy Norm Charlton was a key member of the starting rotation. I saw the first of 16 games he started that year, a remarkable 14 of which were “quality.” Against the Mets, he pitched six shutout innings and gave up only two hits before turning the game over to his fellow Nasties Rob Dibble and Randy Myers. Even better, both Reds runs were driven in by my favorite player, Eric Davis, who doubled twice.

I proceeded to take annual road trips to Cincinnati during subsequent summers, but none were as special as my initial visit. And even though I realize Riverfront wasn’t exactly an architectural jewel, it always felt like heaven to me.

#2: Reds 5, Giants 2 (AT&T Park, San Francisco, Calif., Oct. 6, 2012)

In my opinion, there isn’t a more magical word in sports than “postseason.” Unfortunately, things haven’t gone too well for the Reds after game #162 ever since they swept the Dodgers in the 1995 NLDS, during which time they’ve compiled a playoff record of 2-11 – but I’m proud to say I witnessed both of those wins.

I entered the Giants’ online postseason ticket lottery with multiple e-mail addresses, and luckily enough, one was chosen. I purchased standing room only tickets for both games – I figured I’d be too nervous to sit anyway – and for Game 1, I found a spot with a great view on the lower level right next to the press box and settled in to watch Johnny Cueto go to work.

During the 2012 regular season, the Reds’ five starting pitchers didn’t miss a single start. The injury bug struck with a vengeance in game #163, though, as after just eight pitches, Cueto exited the game with a strained back muscle. My heart sank, but I still remember the chills I felt when I saw Mat Latos jump up in the dugout and essentially will himself into the game. After Sam LeCure got the Reds through the second, Latos pitched four strong innings, yielding only one run via a Buster Posey solo shot.

From there, Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton did their jobs in the 7th and 8th, but when Aroldis Chapman came on in the 9th, it seemed like it was all for naught. Chapman was clearly in Wild Thing form as he yielded a single, threw a wild pitch and walked two batters, loading the bases with one out for the enormous Pablo Sandoval.

I’m convinced that if Sandoval had connected squarely on a Chapman fastball, it would still be in orbit today. Mercifully, he popped out to second instead. The bases were still loaded, though, and Posey came to the plate with a chance to tie the game. We learned a few days later what he could do in such situations, but tonight, following another Chapman wild pitch that trimmed the Reds’ lead to three, he struck out swinging.

I couldn’t tell you one thing the Reds did on offense that night, nor do I remember much of Bronson Arroyo’s excellent performance in following day’s victory. I still clearly recall, however, the devastation of watching Cueto exit the game, the terror of seeing Sandoval stare down a vulnerable Chapman and the jubilation of witnessing the Reds’ first postseason victory in 17 years.

#1: Reds 5, Nationals 2 (Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., April 28, 2013)

It seems like an eternity ago, but in 2013, Tony Cingrani was one of the Reds’ top starting pitchers. As I mentioned in a piece earlier this year, I watched him throw the best-pitched game I’ve ever seen in person that July – seven shutout innings against a formidable Dodgers team (who were in the midst of an incredible 46-10 hot streak) in which he struck out 11 while giving up just one hit and one walk.

Cingrani also struck out 11 when I saw him toss six scoreless innings against the Nationals in April, a game in which Phillips and Zack Cozart each drove in a pair of runs. This game isn’t special to me because of anything that took place on the field, though. I was in D.C. to visit my father, and this marked the first game I saw with him since the Plant City exhibition 24 years earlier. Even better, my then-4-year-old son was by my side as well. I sometimes question why I spend so much time obsessing over rich grown men playing a child’s game, but on that day, baseball meant something more. In fact, it’s irrelevant who won or lost any of the games on this list, as the memories are what truly matter.

Honorable mention: Dodgers 6, Reds 5 (Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif., May 19, 2008)

On paper, it’s an unmemorable game amid an unmemorable season. In reality, it’s a game that always makes me smile whenever I think back on it.

David Weathers blew a combined 13 saves for Cincinnati in 2006 and 2007, and by the time the Reds visited L.A. in early 2008, he’d already given up 7 runs, 18 hits and 9 walks in just 14 innings. To put it mildly, I was not a fan of “Stormy” or his inability to cleanly close out a game, but at Dodger Stadium, he made it seem as if I could predict the future.

At the time, I worked with some Taiwanese clients who were well-known in their native country and temporarily working in Los Angeles. After reaching out to the Dodgers’ PR department, I arranged for them to meet L.A. pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo (who was also from Taiwan) prior to the first of a three-game series against the Reds. It was a thrill to be on the field at Dodger Stadium, even if I was admittedly more interested in the occupants of the visitors’ dugout.

Before we went to our seats, I pointed out a large Reds pitcher warming up nearby. I told my clients that the Reds would likely jump out to an early lead and gradually give it up, and that this particular pitcher – Weathers – would be the final straw. (As mentioned above, Cincinnati routinely lost at Dodger Stadium during this time frame. I’d seen this movie a few times before.)

My clients – who had never previously attended a major league game – chuckled as a 4-0 Reds lead quickly turned into a 5-5 tie. They laughed harder as Weathers was called in to pitch the ninth, just as I’d predicted. When he gave up a bases-loaded walk-off single five batters later, they were in tears. Even I had to laugh at the absurdity of it all.

132 Responses

  1. tim

    the final game at crosley field… home runs from bench and lee may in a win over the giants.


      Yep, I was there. Just a kid but I remember enough. Juan Marichal pitched for the Giants. Bottom of the 8th for Bench to tie it then one batter later, May hit another out. Wayne Granger saved it. Still have the ticket stubs plus program framed to prove it. Most memorable Game 2 would be Game 4 of 1990 WS when they won it in Oakland. Walked up a bought a ticket.

  2. Michael Smith

    I was a kid when Whitten (I think that’s his name) hit 4 dingers

  3. Steve Mancuso

    1. Clinchmas
    2. Homer Bailey no-hitter
    3. Game Five 🙁
    4. 1975 World Series Game Three
    5. Game Three 🙁

  4. Keith

    Mine would be Game 6 of the NLCS. I was 8 and it was magical – I still remember the Glenn Braggs catch, standing and cheering wildly for what seemed like hours after the game, then celebrating at Fountain Square.

    The Dunn grand slam game in 2006 and Joe Randa’s opening day walk-off would be up there as well.

    Great article. Thanks for the fun trip down memory lane.

    • David Scott

      I was there too… had red seats in right just foul of the pole. We couldn’t see Braggs’ catch, but heard the wave of sound literally come around the stadium towards us from left field as everyone realized he caught it. Chills.

  5. Jeff Richmond

    Jay Bruce clinching homerun in 2010 was the best.

    The game a year or two ago where the smokestack caught on fire and they had firemen climbing up ladders during the game.

    All 3 home playoff games in 2012.

      • Broseph

        I was at that game and snapped a video, albeit I was with a group of buddies and we were well on our way to forgetting the actual game.

        If IIRC, there wasn’t much going on baseball-wise for the Reds, but when the firefighter went up and put out that fire, you’d think he hit a walk-off slam with all the cheering. Definitely memorable

  6. Preach

    Civil Rights game in May of 2010. Was the first Reds game I attended with my son. Also one of the most exciting games I attended with one of the most dramatic endings you will ever see. Given the context of the pregame activities it gave me a real opportunity to talk to my son about more important things than baseball.

    I was also on hand for the recognition of number 500 for Junior, who is my all time favorite player.

    • robcheshire

      As a UK resident, I don’t get to as many games as you guys, but August 28th 2013, on a hot summer night at a hostile Busch Stadium, when the Reds brutalised a then-untouchable Adam Wainwright for 9 runs in the first two innings, on the way to 10-0 victory, was a lot of fun!

  7. WVRedlegs

    September 3, 2016.
    The RLN and RR Gathering with the Reds 2 Asst. GM’s. Was a great day as the Reds beat the Cards on a very nice late summer day.
    Is there one in the works for this year?

    September 9, 1998.
    After carefully plotting Mark McGwire’s HR pace, we had carefully calculated that #62 would come in Cincinnati. We bought our game tickets about 4 weeks in advance. As fate would have it, McGwire hit #62 in Chicago on September 8. The next day in Cincinnati, McGwire bats once and gets taken out of the game. We saw only 1 AB by McGwire. McGwire was exhausted from the attention from the night before and had hardly slept before the Cincinnati game. So close yet so far away. Traveled 4 hours for 1 AB. And got a flat tire on the way home. It was a fun trip, but not what we had hoped for.

    Many others too. Good times all.

    • Brock

      My brother was at the McGwire game as well. Just one small correction: he hit it in St. Louis against Chicago.

      • WVRedlegs

        Yes you are right. I knew it was against Chicago and Sosa, but it was in StL.

  8. bearfarmer

    1) First game I remember attending – 1991, Barry Larkin hit 3 HR against the Astros. Made 6 year old me a fan for life.
    2) 2006 David Ross walkoff against the Isringhausen and the Cardinals. Somehow I had tickets in the diamond seats that game. Harang and Carpenter were arguably the two best starters in the NL at that point and faced off, and it was the day after Ryan Freel made his diving catch onto the warning track, robbing Pujols. They showed that highlight on the video board early in the game and the place went nuts.
    3) Wily Mo Pena bobblehead night 2005, he hit 2HR including a walkoff.
    4) Opening Day 2011 – Ramon Hernandez 3R walkoff HR to win 7-6.
    5) Only loss on my list – Griffey HR #499 against Cliff Lee in CLE. Lee was ejected the next inning after throwing behind Jr’s head. Wily Mo hit a grand slam and the Reds blew a huge lead, but a very memorable game.

    • bearfarmer

      Forgot one –
      April 8, 2013 – home opener for Cardinals, Reds scored 9 in top 9 to blow open what was a 4-4 tie.

    • Rick Feltes

      ha! i saw Jr hit #499 too. i actually followed him for a week & half hoping to see #500, but couldn’t make it to STL for Father’s Day. just my luck…

  9. IndyRedMan

    I already told this one earlier this year and it has to be right up there! Dan Driessen hits a 2 out, bottom of the 9th, game tying inside-the-park HR off Tug McGraw and before the crowd could even quit screaming…Johnny Bench hit the game winning HR to left. Driessen’s ball was off the left centerfield war if I’m not mistaken. 1977 I think? I was 11!

  10. Patrick Jeter

    1) Johnny Cueto’s last start as a Red at Coors Field
    2) Paul Wilson getting pummeled by Kyle Farnsworth

  11. kmartin

    No doubt about it, Game Five of the 1972 NLCS playoffs against the Pirates. No other game I have ever attended comes close to this. The electricity in Riverfront after Bench hit the game tying home run was incredible. The whole stadium seemed to be shaking. I can still see Clemente drifting back as the ball cleared the fence. Check this out

    • Lou Piniella, Jr.

      Kids today don’t understand the tremendous home field advantage when we moved to GABP. The place is a complete mausoleum compared to Riverfront, which literally rocked when the Reds and the Bengals were in the playoffs or in key games. The only key games the Reds play these days are card games in the locker room before the games and the Bengals have yet to make the playoffs in the era of Starvin’ Marvin, and like GABP, the Bengals new stadium is the worst of the new stadiums. No energy no intensity. No playoff appearances will do that to you but I never knew how much I’d relish those times at Riverfront when the place and seemingly the whole city rocked.

      • Lou Piniella, Jr.

        I meant to say “we lost when we moved”

      • MrRed

        Yeah, I think the lack of electricity at the new venues has mostly to do with each team’s lack of performance in big games. I’ve seen some pretty raucous moments at GABP and PBS but they are few and far between.

      • Chuck Schick

        The numbers don’t show that the Reds had a home field advantage at Riverfront in the playoffs. They won slightly more than they lost but they were the favorites in virtually every playoff series played during that era. They were 3-2 in World Series appearances and 6-3 in the playoffs

        The crowd during game 5 of the 2012 NLDS rivaled any Riverfront crowd for its intensity.

      • kmartin

        Were you at the game? I remember people were not just standing during the entire ninth inning but most of the crowd was jumping up and down. It was an incredible spectator experience.

      • Chuck Schick

        Yes, it was cool……I was at the Bears OT playoff game against the Seahawks in 06′ and the roar when Robbie Gould’s FG went through the uprights was similar to the 9th inning….best comparison I can make.

      • Brock

        Uhhh the Bengals have made the playoffs many times in the Marvin Lewis era, they just haven’t advanced past the first round.

    • Steve Mancuso

      How great that you were at that famous game. I was at home watching on TV. Al Michaels (he was the Reds announcer then, to the younger readers here) made a couple fabulous calls that ninth inning. Those were two great teams.

      • Jim Walker

        I recall Sparky putting the psych job on the Pirates about how bad of a sun field LF could be that time of year and then it came into play.

    • VaRedsFan

      cool memory. Thanks for the video.

  12. Brock

    July 25, 2015 – Johnny Cueto’s last game as a Red. The best Reds pitcher in my lifetime, he pitched 8 shutout innings in Coors Field. He was traded a few days later to KC. I still have the ticket and scorecard. Reds won 5-2.

    May 1, 2001 – Neon Deion’s return to Cincy. He led the team onto the field to a standing ovation, then subsequently went 3-3 with a HR and SB. Reds won 7-6. Unfortunately the rest of his return season was a massive disappointment, but what a night he had.

    April 16, 1999 – Reds win 6-5 on Hal Morris game-winning double down the right field line in the bottom of the 9th. Coldest baseball game I’ve ever attended, there were probably less than a 1,000 in the stands by the time Morris came to bat.

    Any other game I went to with my brother and dad. We never really cared if the Reds won or not, we just enjoyed being there together. My dad has been gone two years now, and my fondest memories of him are of us at Red games: joking around, talking Reds’ history, trying to answer the Scoreboard Stumper, and just enjoying the day/night together.

    • Patrick Jeter

      I was there with you on 25 July! What a game.

      • Brock

        Nice. I knew it would be Cueto’s last start with the Reds, so I had to go. Did you go to any of the games this past series? I went to the July 4th (8-1 Reds) and 5th (5-3 Rox) games.

  13. doublenohitter

    Sept 25, 2013
    It was actually the last game I have attended.
    Mets beat the Reds 1-0. It was the first time Billy Hamilton got thrown out stealing.
    The Reds had struggled all day to get anything going off Daisuke Matsuzaka.

    Hamilton gets a 2 out single in the 5th inning and you just knew he was going to go. I think he was 11 for 11 or something like that.
    He was thrown out by Juan Centeno. The Reds never really threatened again.

    • Clay Marshall

      I was there too. Stopped over in Cincy on my way back from a business trip in London and caught this game (after which I raced straight to the airport) as well as the one the night before. Unfortunately, those were the first two games of the six-game season-ending losing streak. (Wasn’t my fault, I swear!)

  14. Lou Piniella, Jr.

    The most memorable games I ever attended was a game against the Pirates where I got Willie Stargell’s autograph after the game. He asked my Mom to hold his beer, and she thought he was Willie Mays.

    I attended the last game Mickey Mantle got a hit in Yankee Stadium. Crowd went nuts when he was announced add a pinch hitter.

    I was selling beer at the stadium the night Pete got his 3,000th, and

    my birthday present in 1972 from my Dad was two tix to the World Series against the A’s. I think we lost, but who cares, it was the World Flippin’ Series!!’

    • MrRed

      I was at that game where you picked up 2nd base and threw it into centerfield during an argument with the ump. Oh wait, that was Lou Pinella, Sr.! 😉

  15. I-71_Exile

    I don’t get to many Reds games, but the fam decided to celebrate my birthday a day early with a little trip to GAPB on May 7, 2013. It rained the entire way up from Louisville but once we arrived, the clouds parted and it looked like the game might get started relatively on time. It did about 30 minutes late. The Braves jumped on Homer Bailey for three quick runs on about 40 first inning pitches and I resigned myself to my customary in-person outcome: a Big Reds L. Oh well, the temperature was great and I was watching baseball.

    Fortunately Homer settled down and went five giving up four runs, departing with a 4-1 deficit. The Reds scratched across a second run in the bottom of the fifth and I leaned over to my wife and kids saying “they’re chipping away….”

    LeCure and Marshall held the Braves scoreless over the next three innings and In the bottom of the eight the Reds scored again leaving the deficit at one heading to the ninth. Broxton retired the side but the Braves had All-Star closer, Craig Kimbrel waiting in the wings and he quickly fanned both Jack Hannahan (ugh) and Corky Miller who had previously singled off the LF wall. Dusty then awoke from his long afternoon slumber and reached deep into his box of toothpicks by summoning Devin Mesoraco to pinch hit. Mes worked the count full and suddenly BOOM—a drive to deep center. Melvin Upton measured the shot and ranged back to the wall and timed his leap perfectly but to no avail! A first row, GABP special just over his glove! The crowd went wild as Devin trotted around the bases. Then it began: “Choo, Choo, Choo”! Four pitches later the Choos turned to Woos as Shin-Soo Choo drilled a no-doubter to left center! REDS WIN!!!

    Happy day. I know his career was derailed by injury in Texas, but I miss Choo. What a package of OBP and power.

  16. Scott

    Share many of those mentioned, ’90 LCS game 6, Whitten’s 4 HRs, Hernandez’s and Randa’s walk off opening day homers, TB’s Perfect game. Here’s an obscure one and I had to go to baseball-reference to get my facts right. 6/7/81, Bruce Berenyi allowed a 2 out single to Andre Dawson T4. Retired all other 27 batters. Game time 1:57.

  17. bt28

    Despite being at the 4192 game, my first Reds game would have to be the most memorable. June 7, 1967 – Giants 4 Reds 3. Marichal and Nolan dueled and I believe Nolan fanned 15 or so including Mays several times. Favorite player, Rose, hit a HR as did McCovey to win it. I haven’t laid eyes on it for several years but I believe I still have the scorecard.

  18. Rick Feltes

    Tom Browning Perfect Game
    Eric Davis joining 30/30 club in ’87
    Kevin Mitchell “hitting for the rainbow” (put one in the yellow & red seats) in ’93
    Game 163 vs Mets in ’99
    Opening Day 2000 when Junior was 1st announced & took his place along the first base line

  19. redsfan06

    The only World Series game I attended in person, 5th game of 1975 Series. Perez hit 2 homeruns and the Reds won to take a 3-2 advantage going to Boston for the final 2 games.

  20. Jim Walker

    Friday October 2, 1964. Phillies 4 Reds 3
    This loss cost the Reds no worse than a tie for the 1964 NL Title (pre playoff days).

    The Reds hit into a triple play in the 4th inning made possible by an incredible running, leaping catch by Phillies left fielder Alex Johnson on a line drive into left center field gap. I was a 15 year old guy sitting in the field boxes at Crosley field and was no more than a couple hundred feet from the catch. The ball appeared to be by Johnson as he raced into the gap and up the Crosley Field outfield terrace. He reached out and spang up off his toes and somehow caught it. I’ve always believed the ball was hit so hard it actually curled back into his reach.

    Regardless, the Reds took a 3-0 lead into the 8th inning but allowed 4 runs to score. There was an infield hit on a blooper behind 2B that either Leo Cardenas (SS) or Pete Rose (2B) might have caught but neither did which was followed by a walk and another single. Eventually a 2 run, 2 out triple tied the game followed by a single which brought home what became the winning run.

    In a scheduling quirk, Saturday was an off day for the Reds. The Cardinals won on Saturday to pull even in the standings with the Reds. On Sunday, the Reds lost while the Cards won which made the Cards 1964 NL Champs.

    Here’s the box and play by play from Baseball Reference

    • Jim t

      Jim did the reds lose the Sunday game 10-0 with Johnny Tistourist taking the loss?

      • Jim Walker

        Tsitouris, That’s what BBRef says. I wasn’t there. I was at home watching that one on TV and very disappointed for the 2nd time in 3 days.
        In looking back at BBRef In saw something I had forgotten. The Reds came in off the road riding a 9 game winning streak (and 13 of 15) only to drop back to back games to the Pirates 2-0 and 1-0 before winning the third game of that series on the Thursday before the fateful game. So, they certainly had it all right in front of them the last week and just didn’t bring it home. Of course Mgr Fred Hutchinson was in the final weeks of his life (cancer) which was weighing on all of them. Not even sure whether Hutch or his stand in Dick Sisler was running the team at that point.

      • Jim Walker

        So, do you have a memory of the radio call of Friday night on the the triple play or the controversial infield hit in the top of the 8th?

        Cardenas was painted as the heavy by several in real time. My impression at the time was that Rose crowded him and didn’t give him room to go all out after it.

        Then just recently I heard Chris Welch describe a current play by saying either guy might have been able to catch it if he committed totally but that also would have meant a full speed collision if the other guy didn’t back off so maybe the ball was just perfectly “placed” to fall in; and maybe that was the case back then in 1964 too.

  21. sultanofswaff

    My best memories (good and bad) are moments more than games. Just a few….
    –the game in Milwaukee when Jr. tore his hamstring off the bone.
    —1st game ever, 5 yrs. old in 1975 in the red seats so far up you could touch the sky.
    –Dibble game plunking Doug Dascenso in the back, igniting a brawl.
    —Reggie Sanders depositing a ball into the red seats at Riverfront.

  22. big5ed

    1. 1st game of 1990 World Series, when Eric Davis electrified the crowd with a first-inning homer off Dave Stewart to set the tone for the Series.
    2. My first game at Crosley in 1967, when Lee May hit a massive home run.
    3. Pete Rose’s first game back as player-manager. August 1984.

    • big5ed

      My most memorable game, ever, was the 1978 Red Sox-Yankees 1-game playoff game, in which Bucky F. Dent hit a 3-run homer to give the MFYs a 3-2 lead. You talk about dead silence as the crowd filed out afterward

  23. IndyRedMan

    I was in the Air Force in 1990 and stationed in Ft. Worth, Texas. I was able to faintly catch 700 WLW at night and listened to as many Reds games as I could. Well I had a buddy that was a gunner on a B-52 bomber and he made some friends during a Confederate Air Force show at our base. They told him that we could visit them at their home base in the Houston area anytime….just bring a keg of beer. To make a long story short, got to do Hammer head stalls in a WW1 biplanes and flew a Dauntless dive bomber (trainer addition) that helped win WW2 and then went on to see Eric the Red and company beatdown the Astros! That was a fun weekend!

    • hoosierdad1

      Hands down, Johnny Bench night when he hit the solo home run to tie the game.

  24. ndunlevy

    1.Reds 3, Braves 2 August 6, 1989 Davis goes yard in the 9th.
    2. Dodgers 7, Reds 6 June 22, 1990 Benzinger doubles with two out in 9th. Davis scores winning run, but then the home plate ump reverses his call from safe to out at home. Reds lose in 10. Griffey sr makes last out.
    3. Reds 1 StL 0 May 18, 1990 Paul O’Neal goes yard with two out in the 9th for a walk-off.

    • Keith

      I was at that Paul O’Neill game. I remember my dad taking me to that game at the last minute.

  25. Nate

    5) Opening Day 2011 when Ramon Hernandez hit the game winning home run – My first opening day they won.
    4) Cueto’s Debut – 1 run on 2 hits. It was a cold rainy day in Cinci, but it felt like it was the beginning of something special with Cueto
    3) My 7th birthday – The infamous Rob Dibble launching a ball into the stands. I sat 1 row up and about 5 seats to the right of her.
    2) Don’t remember the exact date, I was 9, Phil Plantier of the Padres threw me a ball from BP before the game.
    1) Barry Larking joining the 30/30 club. I remember how excited my Dad was leading up to the game about how we could be seeing history at the ballpark that day.

  26. Saul Shick

    For whatever reason Dave Concepcion’s Red Seat Homer in 79 against Expos off of I believe Bill Lee sticks out in my memories more then anything else. Longest homer I saw at Riverfront and by the most unlikely player.

  27. msanmoore

    I’d have to go back and look up the date, but it was later in 2006 at GABP against the Dirty Birds. Second game for me that week (in from out of town, saw 5 that year, only ones I’ve attended at GABP). David Ross smacks one over the LF fence for a walk off. I only paid the $5 GA gate and saw the game from a dozen different spots. I was looking on from behind the 1B side of home when he did it. The place went nuts!

  28. Matt V

    I’ve only been a die-hard fan since ’10, and being on the younger end, my memories don’t really extend much before that.

    1. 2010 NL Central clinch game (that game, and the atmosphere around the city afterwards was so magical)
    2. 2010 Reds-Cardinals brawl game – didn’t have much of a view of the actual brawl itself – I remember asking “What the heck is going on?” Certainly will never forget being at this game though, and it definitely feels like it sparked a serious rivalry.
    3. Chapman’s MLB debut – my dad and I, along with tons of other fans, stood above the Reds bullpen watching Chapman warm up before he entered the game.
    4. 2012 NLDS Game 3 – sad, but you can’t deny it being memorable

    Don’t know if I could name a fifth memorable Reds game I’ve been to.

    • Steve Mancuso

      I forgot about the brawl game. I was about 20 feet from the fight. Good call.

  29. TomN

    The Rick Wise no hitter. Hated seeing the Reds lose, but at some point you want to see the no-hitter. 2 HRs to boot…

    • Redsfan4life

      That has to be the single best game ever for any pitcher.

  30. vegastypo

    (In no particular order)

    July 25, 1974: The Reds beat the Giants 14-13 by scoring five in a crazy ninth inning in the first game of a double-header sweep. The last two runs were on a home run by Tony Perez with two outs and two strikes on him.

    Before Perez hit the game-winning homer, accounts say Bench reached on an infield single with two outs, but I seem to recall it was a case of nobody covering first base on a dribbler hit between the mound and first base. And in the fan-demonium after Perez hit the homer, somebody got my attention and pointed up to the press box. Joe Nuxhall was jumping up and down like a little kid. (Oh, to have a broadcast clip of THAT home run …)

    Somebody at Redleg Nation wrote about this game in 2010:

    In the nightcap, Freddy Norman pitched a shutout, 5-0.


    Game 5 of the 1975 World Series, with Perez hitting two home runs. Maybe I was a good luck charm for Perez.


    Hank Aaron’s Ruth-tying homer on Opening Day in 1974. Pete Rose scored from second on a wild pitch to win the game.


    Don’t recall the date, but I saw one of the games when Eric Davis took a home run away from Jack Clark. He did it to Clark in back-to-back games.

  31. cfd3000

    I live in Atlanta, and before that Boston, so I don’t get to many games. But I love every one. Off the top of my head, in no particular order:
    1. First game at GABP, Opening day 2003.
    2. Game 1, Reds v. Pirates, 1990 Playoffs. Drove all night to get there and the Reds lost badly but the electricity in the stadium was amazing, and of course you all know how that postseason turned out.
    3. Last summer, Lorenzen’s home run game after he returned from a 3 day bereavement leave following his father’s passing. If I remember correctly Votto hit a 3 run bomb in the bottom of the first to put the Reds up 3-0 before they’d even made an out as well.

  32. daytonnati

    Game 2 of the 1990 World Series. Joe Oliver’s pinch-hit off Dennis Eckersley to drive Billy Bates home with the winning run. We were in the lower left field seats and you could see the ball barely stay fair and Bates rounding third and the crowd responding with a ticker tape-like volley of paper cuts and programs and whatever else they could toss. Up two games … it still seemed impossible.

    I still remember my first game. 9 years old, Crosley Field, July 7, 1962 – a knothole game. Our team came down from Dayton. Reds vs the Colt 45s. Reds won 10-1. Vada Pinson and Bob Purkey both homered and Frank Robinson went 3-3. I looked it up 🙂

  33. Bill

    Throwing the first pitch on 4th of July is the most memorable for me

  34. ChrisInVenice

    1) 1990 NLCS clincher – Glenn Braggs against the wall to end it.
    2) 1983 – Johnny Bench Night – he hit a home run when by little brother was at the concession stand.
    3) Early 90s – Barry Larkin hits 5 home runs in a double-header

    Honorable mention – we’d been promised to drive to a Reds game on a particular Saturday night. My parents changed their minds, leaving us with a babysitter. Said babysitter did not let me listen to the end of the game and continuously took my transistor radio away from me (that was hidden under my pillow). I somehow managed to catch the last out of Tom Seaver’s only career no-hitter and my dad still hears about the game we missed!

  35. Tom Mitsoff

    Pete Rose’s 3000th hit:
    Johnny Bench night:
    Game three of 1976 NLCS vs. Phillies — Reds down by 2 in the ninth — Foster and Bench homer, and then a Griffey single scores Concepcion for the game and series winner:
    Game two of 1979 NLCS against Pirates: Dave Collins knocks in Hector Cruz to tie the game in the ninth — loudest crowd moment I have ever been a part of — deafening cheer: (no video)

    • Jim Walker

      I was there for game 1 of the ’79 LCS. Aside from it being the coldest I’ve ever been at an outside sporting event, I recall that Bench hit and absolute laser shot off the wall in left center that sounded like a cannon shot even through the crowd noise. Don’t think the ball was ever more than 8 feet or so off the ground. I was in a temporary seat at the back of the Greens behind the Reds dugout. We could see the wall vibrating from there.

  36. Hotto4Votto

    My most memorable game was when the Reds clinched against the Dodgers in 2012. Bruce homered to start off the scoring in a 6-0 victory. Latos went 8 and Chapman finished it off. I remember a group of us were chanting the down the outs from 6-0. We were standing room only. It was a lot of fun, the stadium was buzzing.

    My second most it memorable more so because it’s funny. My dad took me and three of my friends for my 13th birthday. The Reds played the Braves, who had Deion Sanders (I was a big fan of the two athlete), and a whole lot of other talent. Steve Avery started for the Braves against Jack Armstrong for the Reds. I got to see my two favorite Reds of that era, Chris Sabo and Eric Davis. But the thing I really remember are the two inebriated girls sitting in front of us that kept trying to engage in conversation with my dad. Then at one point they were singing along to ACDC’s You Shook Me All Night Long, dancing and looking back towards my dad in a way that made me and my friends crack up. It was real funny, but he was pretty cool about the whole thing.

  37. Jim t

    Was at Riverfront stadium in 1972 when Bench tied the game with a home run and reds won on a wild pitch.

    That said, being it is the day of the all star game I was also in attendance with my dad when Pete Rose ran over Ray Fosse to score the winning run. My Dad sorted mail downtown at the post office back then on the graveyard shift and had to leave before the game ended and missed Pete berraling over the catcher to win the game for the NL. Nixion was in attendance.

  38. Jim t

    Been to many opening days beginning at Crosely Field and extending to GABP. Even who.while doing a 20 year stretch in Air Force I used to plan my leave around opening day.

  39. browniebuck40

    Most memorable game I attended – well it was memorable for the wrong reason. I couldn’t tell you who the Reds played, but it was a game at old Riverfront when I was about 9 or 10 years old. I had a foul ball land right beside me in my seat. I reached down to grab it, and an adult from the row behind reached down, plucked the ball out of my hand, and spilled his beer all over me in the process. Most memorable game I ever watched (on tv) was game 4 of the 1990 series. I remember the pucker factor being high the whole game as I really wanted to sweep the A’s in the worst way.

  40. David Barron

    2010 NLDS Game 1 – the Roy Halladay no-hitter. It was the first time the Reds had made the playoffs since I started following them. Excitement turned to frustration turned to appreciation for being present to witness to one of the all-time playoff performances.

  41. RedsMonk

    First game of the 1973 NLCS against the Mets at packed Riverfront Stadium. I was 8 years old. It was my very first baseball game, period. Dad taught me how to score and bought me a Reds cap. Tom Seaver pitching for the Mets, Jack Billingham for the Reds. The Mets led 1-0 in the bottom of the 8th (Seaver pitched all 9 innings) when Pete Rose hit a solo home run to tie the game. Then, in the 9th, Johnny Bench hit a walk-off home run. Reds win 2-1! The place went nuts. Dad had me on his shoulders so I could see over everyone, and I waved my brand new Reds cap in the air in jubilation. That moment is etched in my memory, and it made me a Reds fan for life.

  42. bouwills

    My most memorable “game” was a double-header at Crosley field. I attended with a cub scout troop. Sammy Ellis struck out 13 in the 2nd game. What I remember is that those cubscout “mothers’ must have fried 50 chickens. I ate fried chicken every inning, for all 18 innings!

    • bouwills

      2nd most memorable game was at Wrigley Field, the game before Pete broke Ty Cobb’s record.It was sweltering in Chicago. Ty (Pete’s son) nicked his head on the coffee table after the game (in the hotel).Not in the stats, but a very memorable experience.

  43. old-school

    Best game? next game. Going Friday against the Nats with sons who love the Reds.
    Best memorable game- Ryan Freel highlight day. August 8 2006 against the Cards. Electric night when he illuminated GABP with one of the greatest catches in stadium history against Albert Pujols and had 3 hits. 40,000 gave him a standing O many times.
    Worst memorable game- Opening day 1996. John McSherry collapsed and died 7 pitches into the season. Awful….but memorable.

    • jveith1991

      I’ll be at that game too. Looking forward to seeing the Reds play the Nationals (and hopefully Votto’s donkey dealer makes a delivery before the game). Oh, and it’s a fireworks Friday…always a nice ending.

  44. ScottyA

    Game 2 1990 World Series. When Eric Davis hit the homerun in the first inning of game one. My brother and I looked at each other and said, Lets go to game 2. We did and it was awesome. Still love Joe Oliver largely because of his hit to win it.

    • renbutler

      Living in Indianapolis, I didn’t get to go to many MLB games.

      But I went to a Reds game at Wrigley in 1992 as a 16-year-old. During warm-ups, a bunch of us kids were sitting in the lower-level seats by the bullpen in right field. When they were finished warming up, Joe Oliver pointed to me (probably because of my Reds hat among a bunch of Cubs fan) and tossed me a ball.

      As a 16-year-old Reds fan, what could be cooler? I still have the ball to this day.

  45. TR

    Opening Day 1954 at Crosley Field with the Milwaukee Braves when Hank Aaron played his first ML game. Of course we didn’t know at the time that he would go on to be the Home Run King.

  46. jtburns11

    For me it was July 2, 2013: Homer Bailey’s no hitter vs. SF.
    Me and my buddy didn’t mention anything about it the entire game. We both must have had the same thoughts of not wanting to jinx it.

    I also happened to hit a deer on 32 during the drive home. The big man upstairs had to balance my night out I guess.

    • renbutler

      A no hitter AND free dinner for a month? Sounds like a great night to me!

      (Not to make light of any car damage or injuries. Just a joke.)

  47. Cartel

    Oct 1 2013 pirates reds wild card game. I almost got into two fights and the outcome was not what I had hoped, but the atmosphere was by far the most electric I have seen at any sporting event.

  48. TomW

    1. 4192! Flew from south-central Pennsylvania to meet my parents, who drove to Cincinnati. Had to call my boss to request an unpaid day off as Pete did not get a hit the night before.

    No particular order (Our family vacations from 1968 thru 1975 were going to Cincinnati from PA to see the Reds).

    – Crosley Field, 1968, after a 10 hour drive from PA. I was 11 years old and I told Pete Rose I was going to take his place someday and he said to me “I hope not sunny!”

    – #3000, I was going to Ohio U at the time.

    – Early to mid 70’s saw Hal Kings pinch hit grand slam to propel comeback against the hated Dodgers to win the division that year.

    – Games 1 and 2 of the 1990 World Series. Unfortunately on the other end of the scale games 3, 4, and 5 losing to the SF Giants.

    • Grand Salami

      That’s quite the list. My dad did 3000 and we did 4192 but I was just seven and remember mostly the reds sports car coming in from the outfield gate! I remember my dad telling me that we had tickets for tomorrow but he would probably get the record today. The next day he was ecstatic and I quite didn’t understand why but he told me Pete didn’t get a hit and he may have even said he went O-fer four. if he did then perhaps my memory is not as flawed as it normally is!

      Also was at game 3 and the sense of foreboding and not wanting to be a jinx made me abstain from 4 and 5 – a lot of good it did.

  49. Dmburns86

    September 26th, 1999. Reds were in the throes of the home stretch trying to make the playoffs. They went down by one in the 12th inning, and then Pokey Reese hit a walk off 3 run home run to win the game and pull them into a tie for the division with Houston. I don’t think I’ve ever been at a baseball game where the crowd went so crazy, before or since.

    Reds pitchers that day – Juan Guzman, Scott Sullivan, Dennys Reyes, Danny Graves, and Scott Williamson. Man, do those names bring back memories.

  50. Broseph

    I’ve been to many good games, but not a lot of memorable ones that have stuck with me. Too young to remember the last World Series team outside of Larkin.

    Tigers @ Reds in June of 2012. I think it was Valdez that had the safety bunt to score Miguel Cabrera from third in a walk-off safety squeeze victory. My first ever walk-off game and in anunusual fashion – definitely remember that one.

    • renbutler

      If only we had Miguel Cabrera! 😉

      It was the next best thing: Miguel Cairo

      • Broseph

        Good call. Subconscious took over and only hoped he was a part of that team to take us to the promise land that year.

  51. wizeman

    Three games I was fortunate enough to attend.

    1. Game 6 at Fenway when Fisk hit the home run. Absolutely broke my heart.
    2. Game 5 of the 1972 playoffs. Skipped basketball practice and had to run my ass off. So worth it.
    3. Right after we moved to Atlanta in the early 80″S. Braves did not draw at all. Could always move down right by the dugout. Was in front row by the dugout when huge brawl broke out. Lasted at least ten minutes. Got phone calls the entire next day from friends back in Cincinnati telling me I was on the tube for at least five minutes. Hilarious. Great night.

    • VaRedsFan

      1975 game six…Wow…how cool…I watched as a kid on TV

  52. doofus

    My first, June 21, 1964 at Crosley Field. My reaction was WOW! when I saw a major league field for the first time, as my uncle, cousin and I walked to our seats on the first base side near the Red’s dugout. I was disappointed that Rose wasn’t in the lineup, but he pinch hit later in the game. A guy named Koufax started for the Dodgers. Reds lost 4-2.

    Game #2, June 22, 1964. Players named Mays and McCovey helped the Giants defeat the Reds 6-2. Rose went 1 for 4.

    I still remember the smell from the stock yards on the way to Crosley.

  53. Mg2

    I was born in 1996, so I can only very clearly remember games since 2005.

    1. The Adam Dunn game against the Indians June 30, 2006

    2. Brandon Phillips’ walkoff homer against the Cardinals where he spun around first base

    3. Ryan Ludwick’s afternoon walkoff homer against the Cardinals

  54. Lou Piniella, Jr.

    I’m surprised there were so few, if any references to these games.

    We must be getting old. Which reminds me of one of Yogi’s best lines.

    When asked why he went to some former Yankee great’s funeral, Yogi said: “I go to my friends’ funerals because if I don’t to their’s, they won’t come to mine.”

  55. lwblogger2

    That’s a toughy… I’ve gone to tons of games and have never seen a truly historic event. I would say best overall game was Game 3 of the inaugural (1995) NLDS when the Reds clinched big-time over the Dodgers. Don’t recall the score but it wasn’t close. I was in the lower-red seats, 2nd row, right behind home plate. That ticket was $25 I believe. I think it I still have the ticket stub.

    My first trip to Wrigley was pretty memorable. The Reds beat the Cubs that day during a horrible heat-wave in Chicago. This game would not have been even in my top 10 if it were not for one event. We were sitting pretty much right next to the Cubs bullpen and before the game, I got HoF pitcher Ferguson Jenkins’ autograph on my stub and got to have a short conversation with him. I know I still have that stub. I like autographs.

  56. Redsfan4life

    June 7 1975 was my first game. I was 8. Riverfront looked huge to a kid. I still have scorecard. My dad taught me to keep score. We beat Cubs. Billingham pitched. Perez was the only member of the great 8 not to play. Driessen played that day.
    Other games that stick out. 1990 rain shortened loss to Padres. We clinched division. During rain delay Dodgers lost there game. Players came out to celebrate with fans who stayed.
    Was at a DH against cards. Reds won first game in extras something like 14-13 I believe Reggie Sanders got game winning hit. Game 2 Mark Whitten hit 4 HRs drove in 13.
    Saw Seaver vs. Carlton and Seaver vs. Ryan games.
    Saw Dunn hit a walkoff vs. Cleveland not the grand slam but a year after the slam.
    Saw Soto one hit the Braves on the final day of season. Something like 16 Ks. Only hit was a infield single by slowest runner on the Braves. Chris Chambliss.

  57. Redsfan4life

    I still kick my self for not getting scalper seats for 90 series. Now the average working man couldn’t afford a world series ticket if/when we make it back.
    I would have loved to saw a game in crosley but I was born just a little too late.

    • TR

      Crosley Field or Redland Field, as it was called before Powell Crosley bought the Reds in the 1930’s, was not the easiest place to get to and parking was usually difficult to find. But it was intimate and it had a lot of charm.

  58. Brian Davis

    I was a child at the time so i dont remember the date or even the year,think it might have been 1987 but not sure. The game at Riverfront against the Cardinals when Eric Davis robbed Jack Clark of a sure homerun by timing his leap and his glove went over the wall to snag one. It was great because my hatred of the Cards was smaller then but intact and growing. On a side note,im 43 now and i have watched Reds baseball my entire life and saw better hitters,faster runners and unbelievable defenders but Eric Davis was the best all around player i have ever seen.

    • Grand Salami

      38 and I felt the same. They guy was electric and so fun to watch as a kid. E.D. was a cool nickname then before big pharma ruined it!

      I also remember thinking the Reds would probably lose the WS when he was injured on that diving catch attempt.

      • Brian Davis

        Yeah for about 5 or 6 years he was the greatest player in baseball and there was nobody even a close second. Too bad Cincinnati was not prime time enough for him and he went to L.A.,didnt work out to well for him but thats the nature of the game after free agency. My favorite players were always homegrown Reds like Rose,Larkin and Votto,guys the Reds had from day one and came up through the minor league system. I do have a soft spot for Griffey Jr though cause not many superstars like him would want to come to Cincy to play for the Reds. If Davis would have stayed with the Reds and remained healthy there is no doubt in my mind he would have went to Cooperstown. Thanks for being a great Red and all the childhood baseball memories.

      • Doug

        Not to nitpick, but Davis was traded to LA for Tim Belcher if I remember correctly. He didn’t leave as a free agent.

      • lwblogger2

        That’s correct… It was apparently Belcher and Wetteland for Davis and Gross. Davis then resigned with the Dodgers that off-season (source:

      • Brian Davis

        Davis is from LA and wanted to be traded,he had already told the Reds he was leaving when he became a free agent. Every team trades a guy they cant resign,better to get something for them than just let em walk.

      • Chuck Schick

        Of the players mentioned, Rose is the only one who left via free agency.

    • lwblogger2

      Definitely one of the best all-around players I’ve ever seen. A five-tool player who had all 5 tools become powerful weapons.

  59. Grand Salami

    I am not looking it up so I can tell this one unadulterated. Pete was going to break the record in 1985, I was 6 or 7. He had already tied it, I think, and everyone fought over tickets the next night. Pete went 0-4 or some such and we were lucky enough to have tickets for the night following. Whether it was my dad, or the crowd, or just the ambiance in general – the intensity of the moment allowed me to remember the little bloop single followed by the din of the crowd and fireworks and a red Corvette on the field. After that I remember thinking it was rather boring due to a lot of talking. And after that memory escapes me!

    I know 100,000+ claim to have been at that game but the Reds were the one thing my dad splurged on when he was struggling to start is own veterinary practice. Without fail we did Opening Days and maybe two other games a year from Lebanon. Anytime there was something momentous he’d find the money. That was one occasion and playoff game in 1990 against the Pirates (I honestly don’t remember which) was another that stand out.

    I actually wrote my college entrance exam on the memory.

  60. Bob Purkey

    Opening Day, April 1974. I was a freshman @ XU. The day after tornadoes flew around Cincinnati and tore up half of Xenia. Hank Aaron hits 714 off Jack Billingham. My brother and a couple of his friends had come in from South Bend and one was a huge photography nut. He took pictures, including one as the 714 ball flew over the left center wall at Riverfront, which I still have to this day. Reds still won. What a great day!

  61. jazzmanbbfan

    Three that came to mind first:

    April 10, 1973, Easter Weekend came down from college at BGSU. Friday night student night. They delayed the start of the game because of the huge walk-up crowd that night. Hank Aaron hit a HR, Pete Rose made a headfirst slide, Johnny Bench threw out a base stealer, Bobby Tolan made a great catch in CF. Reds won. First time in I had ever been to Cincinnati (I’m from Upstate NY originally).

    June 8 & 9 1987. Eric Davis robbed Jack Clark of a HR on consecutive nights on almost identical plays. Eric the Red was my favorite player (and still is). I was sitting behind home plate for both games.

  62. Jeffery Stroupe

    Only been to a handful of games, my first one June 23 1971. Rick Wise hit two homers off of Grimsley and Carrol.

  63. VaRedsFan

    Lifelong Reds fan since the mid 70’s but had never been to a game in Cincinnati.
    7/15/2011 me and my boy made the 11 hour journey for a 3 game series vs the cardinals. Down 5-4 with 2 outs in the 9th. Brandon Phillips stepped up and:

  64. John Murray

    I went to #4192. It was great fun. Went to Johnny Bench Night too, in which he hit a home run, which was thrilling.

    But the best game hands down was game 6 of the 1990 playoffs. Got red boxes in the outfield so in perfect view of Glenn Braggs’s catch. Walking through downtown was great. Young old white black men women–100,000 happy people. A completely great experience.

    Plus, the first game I saw with my dad at Crosley, Sept 1967.

    • VaRedsFan

      Sweet souvenir. I envy all of you guys that live in baseball towns and got to witness history

  65. jveith1991

    Like the author, I also have never witnessed a no-hitter, perfect game, 4-homer game, or a division clincher. As a 25-year-old Reds fan, I have only attended two postseason Reds games (Games 3 and 4 in 2012…we all know how those ended up).

    My first Reds game ever came when I was 11 years old and living in Florida. My family went to a game against the Rays at Tropicana Field. At the time, I wasn’t much of a baseball fan and so I barely remember anything about the game, other than the fact that the Reds won. I also remember a fan in a row behind us shouting “STEROIDS” every time a certain batter came to the plate (have no idea which player or which team).

    The most memorable Reds game I’ve attended was definitely Opening Day 2011, with Ramon Hernandez’s walk-off, 3-run home run against the Brewers. Not only was it a Reds’ victory, it was also my first Opening Day game.

    Another memorable one was in July 2011, when Brandon Phillips hit a walk-off home run against his least favorite club. Opening Day 2015 was largely forgettable until Todd Frazier homered in the eighth to put the Reds ahead of the Pirates on the scoreboard (and overcame the results of Kevin Gregg’s first Reds relief appearance).

    And though this may not count as a Reds game, I cannot leave out Todd Frazier’s Home Run Derby performance in 2015. Until the Reds win a playoff game at home, the energy level felt at GABP that night won’t be matched.

  66. Brian Davis

    Im surprised no one said the Opening Day years ago vs the Brewers when they were behind in the bottom of the 9th and Catcher Ramon Hernandez hit the 2 strike 2 out 3 run homer to win it,i still have it on my DVR,cheers me up when life takes its toll on me,now that is a game i would have loved to have went to.

  67. DJ Norman

    I’ve been to Homer Bailey’s 2nd no hitter and Game 5 in 2012. I’d say the playoff game is more memorable in my book, especially since my dad and I got to go for about ~$7 each. I still think about what should have been that year

  68. Lloyd Combs

    Game 2 of the 1990 World Series, watching Joe Oliver’s shot down the left field line to plate Billy Bates with the game-winning run and seeing it clearly from the Red seats behind home plate was the most rewarding trip I’ve made to a Reds game and the greatest game because of the magnitude of it: It gave the Reds a 2-0 lead and most Reds fans the feeling that they were gonna win it and that means everything to a lifelong Reds fan. After all, they’ve never clinched a World Series at home in my lifetime. The last time they did that was in 1940, But for me personally, being in those same seats, basically, to see Pete get hit no. 4192 on September 11, 1985 was my favorite Reds moment.