This week’s respondents are Chad Dotson, Wes Jenkins, Jason Linden and Steve Mancuso. Plus, making a return to the pages of Redleg Nation is our guest, Nick Doran, who wrote a terrific weekly column during the 2015 season.
Our Daily Reds Obsession: What was your favorite Reds moment in 2017?
Nick: Scooter’s four-homer game. One of the rarest feats in baseball from one of the least likely players to accomplish it. He went 5-for-5 with 10 RBI that day against the hated Cardinals. Prior to that game Gennett hadn’t hit a home run in two months. In fact he only had 38 longballs in 1754 career plate appearances. What are the odds a player who had homered once every 46.15 chances would homer four times in a row? 4.54 million to 1! Now that is a moment to remember.
Chad: Scooter’s four-homer game was actually my favorite moment of the season. I love the history of this club, and that was a legendary night. (So much so that Chris and I quickly added a Scooter chapter to our upcoming book about the top moments in the history of the Cincinnati Reds — go pre-order it now!) But since I expect others to name Scooter’s big night as their favorite moment, I’m going to go with another one here. Let’s go back to May 24, with the Reds down 2-1 to the Indians in the top of the ninth. With one out, Billy Hamilton grounded into a double play that ended the game. But wait! Replay showed that Hamilton was safe, so the inning continued. Zack Cozart singled to left field, scoring the tying run … and Hamilton streaked around the bases, scoring the go-ahead run from first base. Reds win! Check it out: https://twitter.com/Reds/status/867582979798962176
Wes: Anytime Joey Votto did something silly definitely ranks toward the top of my list, as do a couple of Billy Hamilton’s absolutely nuts diving catches. But the highlight for me has to be Scooter Gennett’s folk hero night. Four home runs from a light-hitting second baseman named after a children’s toy? Give me Lifetime’s phone number because boy do I have a script for them.
Jason: Joey Votto walking five times. Why not Scooter and the homers? Because, let’s be real, that was a fluke. Votto walking five times was pure, perfect, baseball skill.
Steve: Joey Votto and SuperBubz. Second place, Reds trade Dan Straily for “three prospects.”