This week’s respondents are Nick Doran, Nick Carrington, the inimitable Mary Beth Ellis, and Chad Dotson. Our Daily Reds Obsession: Which particular Reds team was your favorite? Nick D: I was too young to remember the Big Red Machine days, so I will take the 1999 Reds team that won 96 games and missed the […]

We’ve all been sentimental here at Redleg Nation about Johnny Cueto being traded to Kansas City. I’ve personally drowned my sorrows as much as anyone. Reds fans everywhere are waxing poetic about Cueto, what he has meant to the club, and how he will go down in franchise history. Mike Leake has now been traded […]

The trade deadline rapidly approaches, and I expect the rumor mill to start spitting out nonsense at any moment. The Reds could use some help in a couple of areas, and we’re already hearing that they’ll look for relievers (again), but get ready for the silly season. That’s not why I’m gathering you here today, […]

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 […]

(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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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.

November 16, 2000: In cost cutting moves, the Reds deal away popular semi-regulars catcher Eddie Taubensee and IF-OF Chris Stynes. The 1999 and 2000 Reds were some of General Manager Jim Bowden’s busiest transaction years. Trying to balance the team’s budget around the salaries of stars such as Barry Larkin ($5.3 million), Dante Bichette ($7 […]

October 3, 1890: Reds owner Aaron Stern sells the Reds to a group of investors, headed by Albert Johnson, who are tied to the newly formed Players League. The Reds temporarily withdraw from the National League just one year after being readmitted to the league following their 1890 banishment.

October 3, 1891: John Reilly smashes three triples in a game for the second time in his career as the Reds defeat the Chicago Colts, 15-9, in Chicago. Reilly is one of only four players, and the only Red, to hit three triples in a game twice in their careers. The win keeps the Reds out of last place as they finish the season 56-81, one game ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

October 3, 1919: The Reds lose the first World Series game in their history, 3-0, to the Chicago White Sox in Chicago. The Reds now lead the White Sox in the Series, two games to one.

Rookie Dickie Kerr pitched a three-hitter and walked one to pitch the White Sox to victory. Kerr retired the last 15 batters of the game allowing only three runners to reach second base during the game.

Dolf Luque pitches one inning in the game for the Reds, becoming the first Hispanic American to appear in a World Series game.

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September 28, 1894: Reds pitcher Tom Parrott plays his only game at second base for the Reds and hits for the cycle in a Reds 9-8 loss to the New York Giants. Parrott played four major league seasons, three mainly as a pitcher for the Reds and one mainly as an outfielder for the St. Louis Browns. He finishes his career with a career 39-48 record with a 5.33 ERA (96 ERA+) while batting .301 with a .768 OPS (96 OPS+).

September 28, 1939: Paul Derringer does the heavy lifting as he pitches a complete game and delivers a sacrifice fly to drive in the game deciding run as the Reds clinch their first pennant since 1919. The Reds beat the second place St. Louis Cardinals, 5-3, in the game.

Derringer improved his record to 25-7 with the win. He allowed 14 hits and the Reds committed three errors in the game, but he struck out sluggers Joe Medwick and Johnny Mize to end the game. Cardinals starter Max Lanier only lasted 2/3 of an inning, allowing 1 hit, two walks, and two runs before replacing by eventual losing pitcher, Curt Davis (22-16) who pitched six 1/3 innings of relief for the Cardinals.

Harry Craft’s eighth inning home run added insurance for the Reds.

September 28, 1957: Johnny Klippstein fires a one-hitter, walking one and striking out five, in defeating Warren Spahn and the Milwaukee Braves, 4-0. The only hit allowed by Klippstein is a two-out single to Bob “Hurricane” Hazle in the eighth inning.

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September 20, 1888: Cincinnati star pitcher, Tony Mullane, pitches complete games in both games of a doubleheader as the Red Stockings sweep the Philadelphia Athletics, 1-0 and 2-1, in Cincinnati.

There were high expectations for the 1888 Red Stockings team and they bolted out of the gate, winning 21 of their first 26 games, and taking a first place lead. However, that was the high note and by mid-September the Red Stockings were comfortably in fourth place of a eight team league. The Red Stockings were a team built on defense and pitching as only star first baseman John Reilly had an outstanding year with the bat. Reilly nearly won the Triple Crown as he led the American Association with 13 home runs, 103 rbi, SLP (.501), OPS (.864), OPS+ (170), but finished second in batting average (.321), 14 points behind the leader, Tip O’Neill. Reilly also tied for second in the league with 28 doubles and was fourth in triples with 14. Reilly and outfielder Hugh Nicol both scored 112 runs; Nicol scored 112 runs by stealing 103 bases. Nicol’s batting average was .239 with a .330 OBP. He had stolen a team record 138 bases in 1887.

The Red Stockings boasted three 20-game winners on their pitching staff: Mullane was the 29-year-old veteran who went 26-16 with a 2.84 ERA; 21-year-old rookie Lee Viau was 27-14 with a 2.65 ERA and 20-year-old Mike Smith was 22-17 with a 2.74 ERA.

September 20, 1920 Light hitting second baseman Morrie Rath hit the only two home runs of his 1920 season, and the last two of his career (his career total was four) in a 9-3 win for the Reds against the New York Giants in New York. Both home runs were hit inside the park.

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February 2, 1999: Greg Vaughn is traded by the San Diego Padres with Mark Sweeney to the Cincinnati Reds for Josh Harris (minors), Damian Jackson and Reggie Sanders.

July 31, 1999: Juan Guzman is traded by the Baltimore Orioles with cash to the Cincinnati Reds for Jacobo Sequea (minors) and B.J. Ryan.

October 28, 1999: Greg Vaughn is granted Free Agency.

October 29, 1999: Juan Guzman is granted Free Agency.

December 13, 1999: Greg Vaughn is signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

January 8, 2000: Juan Guzman is signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

The Reds had finished first in the first two years of the newly created National League Central in both 1994 and 1995, but then finished at .500 in 1996 and below .500 in both 1997 and 1998. After having the second highest payroll in the National League in 1995, the Reds’ payroll was being continually slashed and Reds General Manager Jim Bowden was having to find creative ways to bring quality players to the Reds. The Reds often opened spring training with a myriad of players hoping to catch lightning in a bottle and showing a return to form to get another chance in the major leagues.

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Just had to mention, once again, the brilliant performance by Aaron Harang yesterday: It was the first complete-game shutout of the year in the majors, and the earliest for Cincinnati since Pete Harnisch threw one against the San Diego Padres on April 4, 1999. “It’s rare that you have a complete game that early,” Reds […]