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cincrazy
05-29-2009, 12:39 AM
Here's a question for you: If you could go back in time and be one player for one moment in time, which player would you be and what would be the moment? My best friend chose Kirk Gibson in the 1988 World Series with the walk off homer on one leg. I chose Bobby Thompson and The Shot Heard 'Round the World. The magnitude of that homer hasn't subsided at all in almost 60 years. That's the only reason anyone knows who Bobby Thompson is today. I couldn't imagine being in his shoes, circling the bases after that shot.

Nasty_Boy
05-29-2009, 12:44 AM
Mark Kotsay

WVPacman
05-29-2009, 12:51 AM
Great topic cincrazy!! Well were I was born with cerebral palsy I would have to pick Jim Abbott when he threw that no hitter.Just thinking about it brings chill bumps on my arms..I would have loved to be him on that day just to feel the emotions of happyness he went threw.

Hoosier Red
05-29-2009, 12:57 AM
On a local level, Eric Davis, Game 1 1990 World Series. I'd want to make sure I got out before game 4.

Or Pete Rose, the night he came back to Cincinnati.

George Anderson
05-29-2009, 12:59 AM
Bill Mazeroski or Joe Carter.

A walk off HR to win the WS would be pretty damn cool.

MartyFan
05-29-2009, 01:16 AM
Davey Concepcion...any single day of his career.

TheNext44
05-29-2009, 01:56 AM
Johnny Bench hitting a home run to put the Reds in the lead on Johnny Bench night, Sept. 17th 1983.

I can't imagine how wonderful that must of felt to go out on top like that, at home in front on all your fans.

Too bad Hume had to blow the game in the ninth, but it still doesn't take anything away from that moment.

schroomytunes
05-29-2009, 02:00 AM
Well there are alot of guys that I could pick, but if I had to pick one guy that meant alot to his team, his city, fans,organization, and an all around ambassador to the game of baseball it would have to be Yogi Berra!! On the otherhand if I had to pick a Red than I would choose between Davey and Johnny out of a hat, too hard to choose between the two, I like Pete but it would have to be a guy that only wore a Reds uniform!!!!

Topcat
05-29-2009, 02:21 AM
Whitey Ford in Perfect game in World Series! Talk about a jacked up moment and how it would feel threw out that game.

thatcoolguy_22
05-29-2009, 02:34 AM
Mississippi Braves AA manager, Phillip Wellman in "The Meltdown." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7CCga0nbG8&feature=related)

LvJ
05-29-2009, 05:32 AM
Straight up Gangsta, Tim Hummel.

mth123
05-29-2009, 06:31 AM
Whitey Ford in Perfect game in World Series! Talk about a jacked up moment and how it would feel threw out that game.

[psst]

Don Larsen

[psst]

GAC
05-29-2009, 07:21 AM
Great topic. Does it have to be just one?

The first account that came to mind was Rose in the 1970 AS game.

I have ideas on who could be Fosse; but I'll keep that anonymous. Maybe it could be like Groundhog day? :thumbup:

RedFanAlways1966
05-29-2009, 07:43 AM
* Don Larsen. Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.

-or-

* Billy Bates. Game 2 of the 1990 World Series.

It is a toss up....

PuffyPig
05-29-2009, 07:44 AM
Pay-Rod, the day he signed his $252M contract.

Bob Borkowski
05-29-2009, 08:22 AM
Johnny Bench as he hit the monumental homer in the bottom of the ninth that tied the final game of the '72 playoffs against the Bucs.

But then I wonder...could he have been any more ecstatic than I was as a fan in the stands? Doubt it.

15fan
05-29-2009, 09:02 AM
Nolan Ryan.

The day that whippersnapper Ventura decided to charge the mound.

Nasty_Boy
05-29-2009, 09:10 AM
I give you Jamie Kotsay
http://umpbump.com/press/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/jk41.jpg

cumberlandreds
05-29-2009, 09:14 AM
Johnny Bench as he hit the monumental homer in the bottom of the ninth that tied the final game of the '72 playoffs against the Bucs.

But then I wonder...could he have been any more ecstatic than I was as a fan in the stands? Doubt it.


You took mine!

Another one I will take is Hal King when he hit a three homer in the bottom of ninth,July 1,1973. That turned that season around and gave King a small legendary spot in Reds history.

TRF
05-29-2009, 09:17 AM
Branch Rickey, the day Jackie Robinson made his MLB debut.

Chip R
05-29-2009, 09:23 AM
Javier Valentin

Nasty_Boy
05-29-2009, 09:33 AM
Javier Valentin

Nice! :beerme:

Red in Chicago
05-29-2009, 10:16 AM
Davey Concepcion...any single day of his career.

Minus the day he stepped inside that dryer :eek:

REDREAD
05-29-2009, 10:23 AM
I give you Jamie Kotsay


Best answer of the thread... It seems like the question is to be that player for just one day, not the entire career. Being Jamie for a day would be a lot more interesting than Bench, EDavis, etc. :lol:

traderumor
05-29-2009, 10:24 AM
Hank Aaron for #715

BCubb2003
05-29-2009, 10:29 AM
The single best performance I can think of is when Rick Wise pitched a no-hitter and hit two home runs against the Big Red Machine.

_Sir_Charles_
05-29-2009, 10:33 AM
For pure fun...I'd pick Hamilton on the night of the Home Run Derby. I've been in a zone before...but NOTHING like that. Good times.

But I must say, being in Mark Kotsay's shoes for one day might not be too shabby either. *evil grin*

Strikes Out Looking
05-29-2009, 10:42 AM
I tell you who I wouldn't be: Ray Fosse at the end of the 1970 All Star game.

marcshoe
05-29-2009, 10:53 AM
Will McEnaney, October 22, 1975.

BCubb2003
05-29-2009, 11:01 AM
Or maybe Mark Whiten.

Team Clark
05-29-2009, 11:07 AM
Joe Randa with the game winning Home Run on Opening Day.

Joseph
05-29-2009, 11:14 AM
Rose on 4192 would be an easy choice.

Dunn on that walk off grand slam against the Indians a couple years ago for a more recent one might be fun.

How about Vander Meer in the 9th inning of no-no number two?

One a little off the wall, Nuxhall making his debut at a 15 year old kid. Can you imagine those feelings?

RFS62
05-29-2009, 11:40 AM
Mark Fidrych

cincrazy
05-29-2009, 11:55 AM
I think it would've been awesome to be in the shoes of Jack Morris as he threw 10 shutout innings in game 7 against the Braves. Can you imagine the zone he must have been in?

SunDeck
05-29-2009, 12:33 PM
Ed Armbrister

nate
05-29-2009, 12:39 PM
Moe Berg.

RFS62
05-29-2009, 12:56 PM
Moe Berg.

Awesome choice.

rotnoid
05-29-2009, 01:05 PM
Harvey Haddix as long as I can leave after 12 innings.

Chip R
05-29-2009, 01:26 PM
Harvey Haddix as long as I can leave after 12 innings.


Wuss. Finish what you started. :p:

Bumstead
05-29-2009, 01:36 PM
Nice thread. Is that really Mark Kotsay's wife? I could be the RF for a game! :p:

Seriously though, it's hard not to pick Eric Davis in his first AB against Dave Stewart in the 1990 World Series. That set the tone for the rest of the series.

Being Rod Beck on the 7th straight day Dusty put him in there would be fun too. Maybe just being Rod Beck for a day would have been entertaining!

Bum

Deepred05
05-29-2009, 01:48 PM
Great topic cincrazy!! Well were I was born with cerebral palsy I would have to pick Jim Abbott when he threw that no hitter.Just thinking about it brings chill bumps on my arms..I would have loved to be him on that day just to feel the emotions of happyness he went threw.

One of my greatest thrills was watching Jim Abbott strike out Mark Mcgwire, Jose Canseco, and Dave Parker on nine pitches during a spring training game in the late eighties. That crowd was pumped up for the kid:beerme:

fearofpopvol1
05-29-2009, 02:11 PM
Joe Dimaggio...and preferably during his entire marriage with Marilyn Monroe.

westofyou
05-29-2009, 02:49 PM
Branch Rickey the day he gave up 10 stolen bases.

Everything was up from there.

SunDeck
05-29-2009, 04:11 PM
I forgot- Ed Hug. The guy could flat out play.

Mario-Rijo
05-29-2009, 04:28 PM
Not a player but I'd like to be Walt Jocketty for a day.

15fan
05-29-2009, 04:29 PM
A few others:

Bill Buckner - Game 6 of the '86 Series.

Just stay down on the ball, retire Wilson 3 Unassisted, and continue the game into another frame.

As a Braves-loathing guy who has been in Atlanta since just before the 1995 NLCS, I'd also have to say Jim Leyritz - 1996 WS Game 4.

Wohlers on the mound, 2-2. Sit on the slider and...Ka-POW!!

And there's a bunch of really good Bo Jackson (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2003726909_seam30.html?syndication=rss) days. Throwing out Harold Reynolds from Vancouver, the 89 All-Star game, running over Brian Bosworth...

Chip R
05-29-2009, 04:30 PM
I changed my mind. I want to be Jim Coombs for just a second. Then I can die happy.

klw
05-29-2009, 07:04 PM
Al Hrabosky
http://a.abcnews.com/images/Sports/nm_hrabosky_080711_ssv.jpg

During one of those moments he turned to the mound and screamed.

Actually I would want to be the opening day starter for the Reds. Don't care what year.

AmarilloRed
05-29-2009, 10:41 PM
Rose on the night he got hit 4192, if Joseph hasn't already chosen it. Great night all around.

wheels
05-30-2009, 01:03 AM
Bill Spaceman Lee.

That guy is my hero.

RFS62
05-30-2009, 06:54 AM
Bill Spaceman Lee.

That guy is my hero.


Hey, if you're going to be the Spaceman, might as well go all in.

Doc Ellis had an interesting experience back in the day.....

Los Angeles, April 8, 1984- Former Pittsburgh Pirates' pitcher Dock Ellis says he was under the influence of LSD when he pitched a 1970 no-hitter against the San Diego Padres.

Ellis, now co-ordinator of an anti drug program in Los Angeles, said he didn't know until six hours before his June 12, 1970 no hitter that he was going to pitch.

"I was in Los Angeles, and the team was playing in San Diego , but I didn't know it. I had taken LSD..... I thought it was an off-day, that's how come I had it in me. I took the LSD at noon. At 1pm, his girlfriend and trip partner looked at the paper and said, "Dock, you're pitching today!"

"That's when it was $9.50 to fly to San Diego. She got me to the airport at 3:30. I got there at 4:30, and the game started at 6:05pm. It was a twi-night doubleheader.

I can only remember bits and pieces of the game. I was psyched. I had a feeling of euphoria.

I was zeroed in on the (catcher's) glove, but I didn't hit the glove too much. I remember hitting a couple of batters and the bases were loaded two or three times.

The ball was small sometimes, the ball was large sometimes, sometimes I saw the catcher, sometimes I didn't. Sometimes I tried to stare the hitter down and throw while I was looking at him. I chewed my gum until it turned to powder. They say I had about three to four fielding chances. I remember diving out of the way of a ball I thought was a line drive. I jumped, but the ball wasn't hit hard and never reached me."

The Pirates won the game, 2-0, although Ellis walked eight batters. It was the highpoint in the baseball career of one of the finer pitchers of his time, and arguably,one of the greatest achievements in the history of sports.


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Highlifeman21
05-30-2009, 08:59 AM
Tough choice between Chris Denorfia or Russell Branyan.

mth123
05-30-2009, 09:13 AM
I'd be Willy Taveras so eveyone could point to me while talking about what a great country America is because you can really suck and still make Millions.

wheels
05-30-2009, 04:27 PM
Hey, if you're going to be the Spaceman, might as well go all in.

Doc Ellis had an interesting experience back in the day.....

Los Angeles, April 8, 1984- Former Pittsburgh Pirates' pitcher Dock Ellis says he was under the influence of LSD when he pitched a 1970 no-hitter against the San Diego Padres.

Ellis, now co-ordinator of an anti drug program in Los Angeles, said he didn't know until six hours before his June 12, 1970 no hitter that he was going to pitch.

"I was in Los Angeles, and the team was playing in San Diego , but I didn't know it. I had taken LSD..... I thought it was an off-day, that's how come I had it in me. I took the LSD at noon. At 1pm, his girlfriend and trip partner looked at the paper and said, "Dock, you're pitching today!"

"That's when it was $9.50 to fly to San Diego. She got me to the airport at 3:30. I got there at 4:30, and the game started at 6:05pm. It was a twi-night doubleheader.

I can only remember bits and pieces of the game. I was psyched. I had a feeling of euphoria.

I was zeroed in on the (catcher's) glove, but I didn't hit the glove too much. I remember hitting a couple of batters and the bases were loaded two or three times.

The ball was small sometimes, the ball was large sometimes, sometimes I saw the catcher, sometimes I didn't. Sometimes I tried to stare the hitter down and throw while I was looking at him. I chewed my gum until it turned to powder. They say I had about three to four fielding chances. I remember diving out of the way of a ball I thought was a line drive. I jumped, but the ball wasn't hit hard and never reached me."

The Pirates won the game, 2-0, although Ellis walked eight batters. It was the highpoint in the baseball career of one of the finer pitchers of his time, and arguably,one of the greatest achievements in the history of sports.


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That ain't my bag.:D

Great story, though.

BoydsOfSummer
05-30-2009, 08:44 PM
Now that's a refractor card! And a one of one I'm gonna assume.

Tony Cloninger
05-30-2009, 08:53 PM
Reggie Jackson during the whole year in 1977......the ups and downs....then the big time UP in the WS.

vaticanplum
05-31-2009, 09:49 AM
Gabby Hartnett.

Highlifeman21
05-31-2009, 11:18 AM
I'd be Willy Taveras so eveyone could point to me while talking about what a great country America is because you can really suck and still make Millions.

Don't just limit yourself to Mr. Taveras.

There's plenty whom suck and cash a bigger check than they deserve.

chicoruiz
05-31-2009, 01:19 PM
The trouble with being one of those "one great day" guys (Larson, Whiten, etc.) would be that even as you celebrate your great day you know in the back of your mind that tomorrow you go back to just being one of the guys. For that reason I'd probably take a good day in the life of a young Willie Mays, because I'd know that there were gonna be a lot more days just as good.

Chip R
05-31-2009, 04:18 PM
Gabby Hartnett.


A Cub? :confused:

GradyHatton
05-31-2009, 04:27 PM
Grady Hatton

It had to be pretty neat being the favorite player of a fan like me. :D

vaticanplum
05-31-2009, 07:59 PM
A Cub? :confused:

There's something about that one...the fog...and he was the manager...and the penant meant the World Series...and they were supposed to be SO out of it. Hey, I'm not immune to a moment of baseball glory when it comes to the Cubs, which makes my undying hatred for them that much more pure.

BCubb2003
05-31-2009, 08:15 PM
You know, Wally Pipp had a better career than most people give him credit for.

Chip R
05-31-2009, 08:40 PM
There's something about that one...the fog...and he was the manager...and the penant meant the World Series...and they were supposed to be SO out of it. Hey, I'm not immune to a moment of baseball glory when it comes to the Cubs, which makes my undying hatred for them that much more pure.


I get all that, but a Cub? You would actually have to live through the experience of seeing Cubs fans happy. :p:

SunDeck
05-31-2009, 10:35 PM
Don't just limit yourself to Mr. Taveras.

There's plenty whom suck and cash a bigger check than they deserve.

This is a baseball thread, not a PGA thread :D.

Topcat
06-01-2009, 02:12 AM
[psst]

Don Larsen

[psst]

Ouch thanks for the pick up my only defense is I hate the Yankee's, but thank you sir for the correction yes I would want to be Don Larsen in that moment.