This weekend — Sunday at 1:30 p.m., to be precise — Ken Griffey Jr. will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The cap on his plaque won’t have a wishbone-C, but Junior is a Cincinnati legend, and we should all remember him that way. Who can forget that day in February of […]

Final R H E Chicago Cubs (49-26) 11 17 1 Cincinnati Reds (29-48) 7 7 1 W: Arrieta (12-2) L: Straily (4-5) FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score The Good –Two home runs and a walk for Joey Votto tonight; three runs scored and three RBI. That’ll do, Joey. That’ll do. –Nice night for Billy […]

Final R H E Seattle Mariners (24-17) 8 10 0 Cincinnati Reds (15-27) 3 7 0 W: Iwakuma (2-4) L: Wood (3-1) FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score The Good –You wanna hear some good news? I finished this recap just before my laptop’s battery was drained completely. Success! –Six strong innings from Dan Straily. […]

MLB Network is great, during the season.  Quick Pitch is a fantastic program, allowing me to see all the game highlights without the burden of other sports.  But during the off season, there are only a couple of  things that can entice me to watch – the whole “hot stove” action of trades and free agent […]

[This post was written by John Ring, who is the Nation’s correspondent from Afghanistan, where he is serving the entire nation.] It’s all quiet —- some would say too quiet -— on the Reds front. No news on Arroyo. Choo is gone. No trades. Nothing. So while we collectively ponder the state of the current […]

Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Seattle 3 Cincinnati 1 W: J. Saunders (7-8) L: B. Arroyo (7-7) S: T. Wilhelmsen (18) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Chris Heisey had two doubles, and drove in Cincinnati’s only run. Todd Frazier had a double, and scored that run. –The bullpen trio of Alfredo Simon, Manny Parra, and Aroldis […]

2013 is looking good so far. Despite injuries to their #1 starter, starting leftfielder and cleanup hitter and catcher, the Reds are thick in the race for the Division as Memorial Day awaits. Their MVP is a Boy Named Choo, Votto is hitting like Votto and Bruce looks like he is in the beginning of […]

When I got up at 5:30am Kabul time Tuesday morning and learned that the Reds lost on Opening Day, my day started off bad. The runners left on base, the lost opportunities, a wasted brilliant pitching performance by Johnny Cueto. It all brought back memories— bad memories— of watching Game 3 against the Giants last […]

Nice: The 2011 Sporting News All-Star teams were revealed on Thursday, with one member of the Reds making the cut. Second baseman Brandon Phillips was named to the NL squad by the magazine after a vote by 55 front offices members from around the big leagues. Phillips is a first-time honoree on the Sporting News […]

Not sure what the selection process for the award is, but I’m always happy to see Junior Griffey honored. One of my all-time faves: Ken Griffey Jr., whose superior performance and effervescent demeanor thrilled legions of fans throughout his 22-year career, will receive the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award, which recognizes achievements and contributions of historical […]

Since we’ve been publishing emails lately, here’s another one: I am hoping that you can help me rally Reds fans behind my husband. He is one of 4 finalists across the country in the Pepsi Max Field of Dreams contest. If he gathers the most votes before October 5th, he will have a chance to […]

(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.