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:

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.”

27 Responses

  1. Klugo

    This one’s easy. I’m with Steve. Joey Votto being a real Superhero. That moment cemented his place as one of my personal favorite Reds of all time.

  2. TR

    I can’t recall if the Reds had a complete game from a pitcher this past season. If they did, that would be a favorite moment for me.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Your comment got me to digging on a Friday morning. There were 41 complete games pitched in the major leagues last year, by 27 pitchers. Corey Kluber and Ervin Santana pitched 10 of them. Alas, no CG by the Reds in 2017. The last CG by a Reds pitcher was May 23, 2016, an 8-inning, by Brandon Finnegan. The most recent 9-inning win by a Reds pitcher was by Johnny Cueto in 2015, a season where league-wide there were 76 CGs.

      • Keith

        Bonilla did throw all 8 innings of a 3-1 loss in SF in May. If an 8-inning win counts as a complete game, does an 8-inning loss count the same?

      • Steve Mancuso

        I missed that one and a couple others because I was just searching “qualified” pitchers. Bonilla had that one, yes, it’s a complete game. Also Scott Feldman had a 9-IP CG last year in May against SF. Anthony DeSclafani had a 9-inning CG in 2016.

  3. Scott Carter

    There were a lot of great moments especially for a team as bad as the Reds were and I was tempted to go with Scooter’s 4 homers game but I agree with Steve, Joey with the Home run and giving the bat and jersey to the young man, that was truly Ruthian.

    • JREIS

      I agree. for a last place team they were kind of entertaining this year.

  4. JREIS

    billy scoring form first base on a pick off play from first against the redsox. watching the redsox fans shake their heads in disgust was very gratifying to me! lol

  5. WVRedlegs

    Who could forget when Thom Brenneman interviewed a mourning dove on live TV?? Must see TV at its finest.
    What about that early September day that the Reds announced they had agreed back in July to bring back Bryan Price as manager for 2018? I hadn’t heard that many groans come out of Cincinnati since the day the Bengals announced they were staying in Cincinnati and weren’t moving.
    What about Joey Votto dressing down a front row fan that interfered with him on a foul pop up, then Votto bringing the fan an autographed baseball?
    Pick out any one of Billy Hamilton’s top-5 leather gems.
    Luis Castillo’s first start had fans buzzing.
    Gennett’s 4 HR night started a legend.
    But Joey Votto and Superbubz was hands down the best moment. Joey Votto showed Reds fans, and baseball fans everywhere, that baseball is much more than just a game.

    A prediction on 2018’s best moment. Opening Day pre-game ceremony where the Reds present Joey Votto with a new Reds jersey, one with the captain’s “C” on it.

    • VaRedsFan

      All great ones. I was in DC for Castillo’s debut….electric!! stuff in enemy territory.

  6. Ethan L

    I was in town in August from Utah. They were playing the Padres. It was my daughter’s first time in Cincinnati and at a Reds’ game. We made a sign saying we had come all the way from Utah to see Joey Votto hit a homerun. Well, in his last at bat, he did just that. My daughter was asleep, but I certainly celebrated. Fun times!

  7. WVRedlegs

    For those wondering what the Reds will do this post-season with trades and free agency, familiarize yourselves with this name as a free agent signing by Dick Williams, Miles Mikolas-RHP age 29.
    He has pitched the last 3 years in Japan rather well. He is probably the player Dick Williams went to Japan recently to watch. Otani is out of the Reds price range. But Mikolas won’t be. I wouldn’t be one bit surprised that as soon as the free agent signing period opens that the Reds announce they have signed him. I think the Reds will pounce quickly on Mikolas. Keep this guy’s name at the forefront of your mind. I think we will hear a lot of it very soon.
    Check out his last 3 seasons in Japan.

    • WVRedlegs

      In 3 seasons in Japan, Mikolas has a 31-13 record in 62 GS, 2.18 ERA, 424.2 IP, 28 HR allowed, 69 BB, 378 K and a 0.994 WHIP. Very low BB and HR rate, just what the Reds need at an affordable price. He is 6’5″ and 225.

    • Kyle Farmer

      I hope you are right. Would he help the big league club this year or need time in the minors?

      • WVRedlegs

        Yes. ML ready. He has some ML experience in 2012-13 with SD and 2014 with Texas. It looks like Texas moved him back into the rotation in 2014 and in Japan he was strictly a starter. In the minors, with the number of saves he had, it looks like he was used as a closer many times. Low mileage on his arm.
        In Texas in 2014 he threw 5 pitches. Fastball, sinker, change-up, curve and slider. It was reported that in Japan he was honing his sinker and that it has achieved “wicked” status. It said that he is ready to come back to the US and play MLB again. Mikolas, his sinker, the Reds and GABP might be a match made in the baseball heavens.
        As a side note, he has a beautiful wife that has Hollywood actress looks and was a big hit with his team’s fans in Japan. She would no doubt be a big hit with Reds fans too. If the Reds are able to sign Mikolas, they would be very smart to have her in their season ticket sales campaigns.
        When the free agent signing period begins keep his name in mind.

      • Reaganspad

        Now I am not sure if I am more excited for the rotation help or the season ticket campaign.

        Great move by the Reds WV, exactly the right kind of free agent for this team


  8. Gonzo Reds

    My favorite moment was Votto giving Cozart the donkey. It would have been when they fired Price but that never happened! :<

    • Reaganspad

      And related, Joey in the Donkey suit was my favorite moment.

      I loved the whole donkey thing

      He might need to buy an oxen for Peraza or a water buffalo. Rhino? Yak?

      Whatever would turn Jose into an all star

  9. Sliotar

    Sept. 4-6 …. Reds sweep Brewers at GABP.

    Series started with a treat on Labor Day; Billy Hamilton hit a walk-off home run off a LHP (!!!!). Plus, it shocked the Brewers, especially their good, young reliever Josh Hader.

    Brewers finished 1 game back of the Rockies for a spot in the Wild Card game.

    The sweep put a real kink into a division rival’s playoff hopes, and made me long for meaningful September baseball for the Redlegs.

  10. cupofcoffee1955

    It has to be Scooter’s 4 HR night. Also, enjoyed the story of Votto giving the donkey to Cozart.

    Thanks for sharing the info on Mikolas. It would be nice if we could land him.

  11. cfd3000

    Plenty of Votto moments. Five walks (and six in a row), SuperBubz, and the Cozart donkey suit interview, plus his body of work on both sides of the ball. But I was sitting down the first base line when Hamilton scored from first on a failed pickle against the Red Sox so that’s number one this year for me.

  12. Gayle

    Devin hitting his first home run after his major injuries.

  13. kmartin

    I am with Jason. The game against the Pirates where Votto walked five times. I believe the Pirate pitchers threw him 43 pitches. I think over 30 were by the starter who got knocked out around the fifth inning if I remember correctly. Votto destroyed the starting pitcher.

  14. Abdul

    My favorite memory of 2017 was there 5 game winning streak. Thanks Bob

  15. Jim Walker

    The end of the season? I was out of touch several time zones west in Canada on 1 October. My phone wouldn’t work on the Canadian cell networks. We happened upon an open wireless hotspot. Updates and notifications started coming through. At least one of them referenced the end of that day’s game/ the season. My first thought was thank goodness this mess is over. 2018 had to be better.