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Larkin411
03-20-2006, 06:43 PM
I just thought it would be nice to have a thread for saying goodbye to Wily Mo, you know share some memories, thoughts etc.

I'll go first:

Goodbye Wily Mo, I know you're going to a better place. When I think of you I'll always remember those dramatic home runs and how funny you sometimes looked trying to play in the outfield. I'll miss you, only PECOTA loved you more than me:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

klw
03-20-2006, 06:55 PM
I posted this- the world's worst poem on another thread. Maybe it belongs here more. May you "top" this


Ode to Wily Mo

Farewell Wily Mo
Shame to see you go
Bad contract stuck you in the Show
You could have laid low
Or become hooked on blow
Intead you went with the flow
Tried to become defensively in the know
If you stayed your homers would have brought dough
May greatness follow
Unless you become an Astro.


Thank you. Thank you very much. Enjoy Kajagoogoo youv'e been a great audience.

uks2h
03-20-2006, 06:57 PM
I will forever remember going to Reds games the past 2 seasons where Wily Mo had multiple-homer games, walk-off homers, and all that. I'd like to share a couple of my favorite Mo Memories...

# 1-Bobblehead Night...wow. What a game to remember. Watched the game winning home run sail over my head into the left field bleachers.

# 2-That time he ran into the wall HARD making a catch. I was there that night also.

# 3-So many multiple home run games.

I love Wily Mo, and I will be wearing a Pena jersey forever. The Reds will forever regret this trade, no matter how Arroyo pans out.

Sabo17
03-20-2006, 06:59 PM
I remember going to GAB 2 years ago for a Cardinals series, sitting with another Reds fan I met there and telling him about the young Wily Mo. As I am explaining to him his sure awesome power he yanked one out to deep left field. All I could say is that is what I am talking about. He hit another in the 7th that night, but we still lost..

I will miss watching him blossom.

Good Luck to you Wily Mo, I wish nothing but the best for you.

captainmorgan07
03-20-2006, 07:02 PM
i will miss his offense but not his bonehead strikeouts and fielding that has costs us games in teh past

Dunner44
03-20-2006, 07:03 PM
Bobblehead night was by far the most exciting Reds game I've been to... gonna miss you Wily Mo....

Heath
03-20-2006, 07:20 PM
See ya Willy Mo - enjoy the Chunnel, the long lines at Logan, and the smell of saturated fat and bad beer that hangs on the Charles.

That wall in left? Its 315 feet to left. The wall is 37 feet high. Two things - you got to get the ball UP in the air - none of those screaming liners about 20 feet off the ground. Also, the ball plays funny tricks around Pesky Pole in Right and the wall in Left. After a few games out there, have Papi show you the nuiances of DH'ing. That's your next career.

BTW - Maybe you'll get to meet M2 or CincinnatiChili. If you ever get homesick, let them hook ya'up. :thumbup:

Side Note - You'll hear about the 1975 World Series in game 6. Don't worry - Bostonians still think they won the Series that year on Fisk's homerun. You know with your time in Cincy the REAL outcome of that series.

I'll tune into NESN to see Orsillo & Remy say Willy Mo Pena in two syllables or less. Good Times.

Write often. Have a good time.

KronoRed
03-20-2006, 07:23 PM
Good luck Mo, I'll miss saying "WILLLLY MOOOOOOOOOOO" in game chats :D

VI_RedsFan
03-20-2006, 07:23 PM
I will always remember that 498 ft. bomb he hit early last season. I remember seeing that on the sportscenter top 10 and saying WOW.

TC81190
03-20-2006, 07:25 PM
:cry:

MrCinatit
03-20-2006, 07:29 PM
i've like Pena for quite a while. seemed the kid had some good work ethics and was always striving to improve himself.
unfortunately, it seemed he had always been the odd man out. i wish him great success.

Heath
03-20-2006, 07:31 PM
Good luck Mo, I'll miss saying "WILLLLY MOOOOOOOOOOO" in game chats :D

Why don't you join SOSH for that purpose. Plus, I'd kill to see you post 36,000 times on that board.

:D

dougdirt
03-20-2006, 07:45 PM
I will miss ya Wily Mo, I really will. Best of luck.

Strikes Out Looking
03-20-2006, 07:46 PM
Wily Mo= Yankee killer

alex trevino
03-20-2006, 08:18 PM
I will miss watching him in batting practice...he was unbelievable at times.

Betterread
03-20-2006, 08:22 PM
My memory is of his first ML homerun. We saw him play when he was a great kid. I hope he and Papi Ortiz will form a slugging combination of great reknown.

RedLegSuperStar
03-20-2006, 08:41 PM
Mo Mo Mo.. Best of luck to you. Your future is bright and you may have to size those paws of yours for a ring or two. You will be missed!

top6
03-20-2006, 09:23 PM
Wily Mo in batting practice at Wrigley one day = most impressive thing I've ever seen.

FlyingPig
03-20-2006, 09:36 PM
I remember sitting in GABP a couple years ago with my wife and son, watching the Reds and Pirates. The Reds were getting their rear ends handed to them until the 8th ining and they mounted a comeback. They were eventually only 3 runs down with the bases loaded and Wily Mo's name was called as a pinch hitter. I remember turning to my son and saying "grand slam..right here..right now," and I'll be doggone if Wily Mo didn't do it!


I've never been the biggest voice to keep him in Cincinnati, because I figured he was the one "tradeable" young outfielder we had. Did we get enough for him? Probably not. Do we ever?

My feeling is that if you are a less-than-average team, you can't succeed with POTENTIAL. No room for it. He's got a ton of potential. I just don't think he will ever see most of it come to maturity.

But good luck Wily Mo Pena..

Superdude
03-21-2006, 12:34 AM
:pena: :dunno: Can you imagine how rediculous that Boston lineup will be next year. Ramirez, Ortiz, Pena! Oh well. At least we've still got Hatteberg.:(

jhiller21
03-21-2006, 01:36 AM
I witnessed some great Pena moments... that game in '04 against the Cubs, where he belted two homers off of Maddox.

His 498 ft. bomb off Milwaukee in '05

Game-winning double to score Randa

His bobblehead night last year when he hit 2 homers: Solo shot, and a walkoff bomb to LF.

Blimpie
03-21-2006, 02:13 PM
My favorite Wily Mo game that I personally attended was a no-brainer. Late season 2004 with the Cubs in town...packed house with a pitching matchup featuring Maddux vs. Harang. Cubs THOUGHT they were still in the playoff race--but their eventual late season implosion would begin on this night.

Pena not only hit two TOWERING shots off Maddux (matching Moises Alou that night tit for tat), but he also gunned the tying Cub run at the plate in the eighth inning. The throw home wasn't pretty (a worm burner from Center Field that almost decapitated the Cub runner standing at second base), but it absolutely brought the house down at GABP.

A few series later, the Reds traveled to Wrigley and officially erased the Cubs from playoff contention. Kearns got most of the hype during THAT series, but Wily Mo started the chain reaction of chokitude a few games earlier. Good times....

Blimpie
03-21-2006, 02:14 PM
I witnessed some great Pena moments... that game in '04 against the Cubs, where he belted two homers off of Maddox.
His 498 ft. bomb off Milwaukee in '05

Game-winning double to score Randa

His bobblehead night last year when he hit 2 homers: Solo shot, and a walkoff bomb to LF.Ooops, I missed that part of your post...

Blimpie
03-21-2006, 02:21 PM
I will miss watching him in batting practice...he was unbelievable at times.I still think that he hit the longest home run I have ever witnessed in BP. Remember the year when "the bite" was taken out of Cinergy Field during construction of GABP? I watched him hit a ball from Cinergy WELL on to the future location for the new field at GABP. I think the Pirates were in town and they all were coming out of the clubhouse to watch this 18 or 19 year old kid destroy the ball.

Throughout my life I had seen BP taken in Riverfront/Cinergy by Bench, Foster, Stargill, Schmidt, McGwire, Bonds, Sosa, Dunn, Griffey...I have never seen a ball carry like the one that Wily Mo hit that day.

Blimpie
03-21-2006, 02:26 PM
:pena: :dunno: Can you imagine how rediculous that Boston lineup will be next year. Ramirez, Ortiz, Pena! Oh well. At least we've still got Hatteberg.:(I dunno, but I do imagine that it is about time to start selling World Cup soccer tickets for Fenway Park...that is, the way that Manny and Wily will be kicking the ball around in the grass.

Big Klu
03-21-2006, 03:33 PM
One game in 2004 really stands out for me when I think of Wily Mo Peña. It was a Friday night game in June against the Pirates. Jose Acevedo struggled in the first, allowing four runs, but then settled down to pitch scoreless innings after that. In the bottom of the seventh, the Reds rallied after the first two hitters were retired to score two runs and load the bases, sending WMP to the plate as a pinch-hitter. He promptly drove a PH grand slam off the back wall of the bullpen in CF! The crowd (over 40,000) went berzerk, chanting "WIL-Y MO! WILY-MO!", and he came out for a curtain call to a standing ovation! The Reds held on for a 6-4 win, and WMP became one of my favorite players. I realize that he has a lot of flaws in his game, but I'll always have a soft spot for him as a fan. Good luck WMP!

Blimpie
03-23-2006, 08:47 AM
For those of you who turn the channel whenever they see Yankee vs. Boston spring training highlights on ESPN, allow me to enlighten you about some of the highlights from the Boston debut of Wily Mo Pena yesterday...

1) Johnny Damon is still a former Red Sox and has much shorter hair than last year.

2) Jorge Posada apparently forgot that--while your grill may LOOK like a catcher's mitt--it should not necessarily be used like one.

3) Wily Mo hits the ball REALLY hard. We are talking the text book definition of a frozen rope. Dead pull down the left field line...never got over about 20 feet in the air...scorcher that left the yard in like 0.3 seconds.

Chip R
03-23-2006, 09:22 AM
One game in 2004 really stands out for me when I think of Wily Mo Peņa. It was a Friday night game in June against the Pirates. Jose Acevedo struggled in the first, allowing four runs, but then settled down to pitch scoreless innings after that. In the bottom of the seventh, the Reds rallied after the first two hitters were retired to score two runs and load the bases, sending WMP to the plate as a pinch-hitter. He promptly drove a PH grand slam off the back wall of the bullpen in CF! The crowd (over 40,000) went berzerk, chanting "WIL-Y MO! WILY-MO!", and he came out for a curtain call to a standing ovation! The Reds held on for a 6-4 win, and WMP became one of my favorite players. I realize that he has a lot of flaws in his game, but I'll always have a soft spot for him as a fan. Good luck WMP!

Yeah, I was there for that one. I remember that Cubs game too.