All offseason, we’re all going to be talking about the same thing. How can the Reds get from where they are to where they want to be. I mean, we feel okay about he offense, but they have a primary infielder who was below replacement level and an outfielder who continually falls well short of […]

This was a fun one. I was joined this week by Joe Oliver. You will all remember Oliver as a longtime catcher for the Cincinnati Reds, and the hero of Game 2 of the 1990 World Series, when he collected a legendary walk-off hit to give the Reds a 2-0 advantage over the Oakland Athletics. […]

Since it’s the off-season and we can’t spend every day writing about why Raisel Iglesias needs to be a starter next season, I thought it would be an appropriate time to embark upon a project that I’ve been wanting to explore for years. That is, I thought it would be fun to look at the […]

(Ed: You may have noticed that we have featured a few new contributors over the last month or two. Today, we are finally getting around to publishing the latest from another newcomer. We’re happy to welcome Kyle Burch to the fold.)

The way I remember it, the Cincinnati Reds have always been a part of my life. Growing up in Northern Kentucky, the summers annually revolved around being a Reds fan. Whether it be listening to Marty and Joe, squabbling with my Dad and brothers over what moves should or shouldn’t have been made by the manager or spending a night at the ballpark, the Reds were a constant throughout my childhood and teenage years.

The team would become even more of a presence in my life during my early adult years. While in college I secured a part-time job working as a member of the grounds crew for the Reds, a position I held for nine seasons. For nearly a decade, I was fortunate to be at field level for some great games and at sometimes fingertips-length with some of my idols.  I’ve witnessed Ken Griffey Jr. chasing history, going after his 500th and 600th career home runs. I’ve been able to meet seven of the great eight from the Big Red Machine, minus Cesar Geronimo. I even made sure I was the last person to lay down the chalk lines at Cinergy/Riverfront Stadium and the first to do so at Great American Ballpark. I’ve seen the debuts of Homer Bailey, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Adam Dunn. I’ve also gotten to see the curtain calls for Barry Larkin, Sean Casey and Riverfront Stadium.

Two years ago, I moved away from the Cincinnati area for the first time in my life, but I’ve held strong to my Reds fandom (as my fiancée can attest), following each and every game through MLB.TV and making as many trips back home to GABP as possible. As frustrating as it is sometimes, I still love being a Reds fan.

The sport of baseball requires a certain patience. A season plays out over 162 games, nearly seven months of what can at times be painstaking aggravation  For all of the nights of going 0-for-16 with runners in scoring position, there are those days where being a Reds fan is just….Wow! These are the little moments that drive us to loyalty. It might be a game you attended as a child, the debut of a promising prospect you’ve heard about for years or even just the memory of sitting in the moondeck on a warm August night. Below, in no particular order, are my top-10 “Just….Wow” moments of being a Cincinnati Reds fan. Feel free to discuss yours in the comments section below.

Adam Dunn Walk-Off Grand Slam -June 30, 2006
For some reason I remember this game like it was yesterday. Well, I remember the last inning like it was yesterday. The Reds were putting together one of their patented seasons of starting out hot, before floundering late and entered the game seven games over .500 in first place at the end of June. After putting up zeros for the first seven innings, the Reds trailed 7-0 going into the bottom of the eighth. The offense put up a four-spot that inning, but after giving up another run in the top of the ninth, trailed 8-4 entering the final frame. The Reds pushed across a run to make it 8-5, but the game still seemed out of reach with one-man on (Brandon Phillips) and two outs. Then, Bob Wickman couldn’t find the zone, walking the fearsome offensive duo of Ryan Freel and Felipe Lopez to load the bases. Dunn ripped the next pitch over the right field wall capping an improbable comeback.
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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

October 19, 1964: Reds Manager Fred Hutchinson resigns his post citing his poor health. His last public appearance had been on his 45th birthday, August 12, of that season where he was presented a 500# birthday cake and gifts. By that time, Hutchinson had lost 25 pounds suffering from cancer. He died on November 12 […]

October 17, 1976: Tony Perez singled home Ken Griffey with the winning run as the Cincinnati Reds won the second game of the 1976 World Series, 4-3, in Cincinnati. The World Series win gave the Reds victories in the first two games of the Series. The Reds scored first in the game when they scored […]

Baseball-reference.com, which may be the best website in the world other than Redleg Nation, has a feature I just now saw called “Most Common Starters” by team, both by years played and by number of games. There are surprises. This may be a great chance to learn about some Reds players that you may not […]

Okay, I’ve finally uploaded some of the photos I took at Reds Fest. I know it was two months ago…get off my back!!!

I’m not particularly happy with most of these; the lighting in the room was terrible for photographs in most places. They do, however, give you an idea of what Reds Fest is all about if you haven’t been. It was a blast, I gotta admit.

Some of my favorites for you to look for:

–The line for photos with Drew Stubbs juxtaposed with the line for Justin Lehr. I almost got my picture snapped with Lehr just because I felt sorry for the guy. We love ya, Justin!

–Johnny Cueto and Daniel Ray Herrera goofing around.

–Chuck Harmon. Class act.

–A Reds blogger with a nervous smile getting his picture taken with Reds manager Dusty Baker, Dusty’s arm draped over his shoulder. We’re BFFs!

Okay, enjoy….

UPDATE: Individual pictures under the fold, for those who can’t view the slideshow above….

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Blame Chad for creating this mess.

Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

[table id=10 /] Time for a recap of tonight’s titanic Strat-O-Matic Dream struggle…. FINAL 1990 Cincinnati Reds 2 1975 Cincinnati Reds 9 WP: Gullett (1-0) LP: Rijo (0-1) PLAY BY PLAY Player of the Game –Johnny Bench. Bench went 3-4 with a double, a homer, an RBI, and a BB. Heroes –Also vying for player […]

Okay, admittedly I got carried away with the headline. David Weathers is no longer a Red, and he certainly had some good moments for our favorite team, so I guess I can start typing his full name out again. Anyway, some items in the news: —The Reds received an undisclosed amount of cash from the […]

From Lance’s blog: My Reds 25-year anniversary All-Star team We kicked this around last night on Sports Talk. These players fit the time frame between 1985-2009. They were judged on their overall body of work as a member of the Reds in this span…not a single season. C: Joe Oliver. Rock solid behind the plate….a […]