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New York Red
11-19-2012, 02:06 PM
For me, it's Johnny Bench. I know he's widely regarded as the best catcher ever, but I think it's somewhat overlooked about how truly great he was early on. He put up some ridiculous numbers his first few years before undergoing lung surgery. He was still great after that, but not the same as he was before. The fact that he played the most demanding position gets him bonus points as well.

TSJ55
11-19-2012, 02:14 PM
Pete Rose. My all time favorite professional athlete period.

Captain13
11-19-2012, 02:17 PM
Eric the Red followed by Davey Concepcion.

dubc47834
11-19-2012, 02:59 PM
Eric Davis...hands down!!!

Salukifan2
11-19-2012, 03:21 PM
Where's love for adam dunn?

dubc47834
11-19-2012, 03:44 PM
Where's love for adam dunn?

This thread is for fav Red...not fav donkey....lol.

webbbj
11-19-2012, 04:12 PM
though his best years werent with the reds ill go with Griffey. for a player who best years were with the reds ill go larkin

bounty37h
11-19-2012, 04:22 PM
Mine was always Bench too. It has taken a hit over the years as I have met him a couple times and he was as big an arrogant ahole as any athlete I have ever met. I would have to put Larkin second, and B-Phil is up there for current players, as he is not only a great player but is awesome with his fans-something that means a lot more to me now.

Red Raindog
11-19-2012, 04:28 PM
Vada Pinson -- he caused me to become a Reds fan from northern Indiana

drowg14
11-19-2012, 05:19 PM
Larkin. I grew up in the 90's, and he was pretty much the face of the franchise. Not to mention he was just fun to watch.

GotHeeeeem
11-19-2012, 06:35 PM
Eric Davis

Eric the Red
11-19-2012, 08:56 PM
Barry Larkin - I love how he played the game. From his hitting approach going the other way to his range in the hole at shortstop to his base running, he was a treat to watch.

Hondo
11-19-2012, 09:00 PM
Pete Rose. My all time favorite professional athlete period.

Ditto.

New York Red
11-19-2012, 09:36 PM
I would have said Pete Rose at one time. I even wore his number a couple different years at the Babe Ruth level of baseball. But the stuff he did after retiring -- the gambling, the lying, the overall smug attitude he had about it all -- completely changed my opinion of him. Incredible baseball player but a poor excuse for a human being.

Redsfansince72
11-19-2012, 09:40 PM
Mine was Johnny Bench. My first game to watch at Riverfront stadium in 1972, he hit a homerun and from then on i started to watch him handle the catching and his power. I still remember that 1972 playoff game. I ran outside and pretened to hit a homerun like Johnny Bench. not 2 minutes later (Because i missed it on TV), my friend ran out yelling "Johnny Hit a homerun!!!" I was all smiles. Then I remember i was watching a doubleheader against the Giants and he didnt play game #1. So my friends and I snuck down and was able to sit maybe 10 rows back behind home plate. Johnny came up to bat and they flashed on the scoreboard it was his parents wedding anniversary. I stood up and yelled "Hit a homerun for your parents Johnny" just then his family looked my way as they were sitting behind the dugout. Then the 2nd pitch i think he put it in the green seats! Always remember that. Then the day before I was going into the Air Force, I was listening to the Reds on the radio. Johnny was up and i just whispered "Hit a homer Johnny, I dont know when i will get the next chance to listen to the Reds again".. and I am serious, he hit a homerun that AB!.. I grinned and said Thanks Johnny. So he is my favorite. I got his autograph on a poster back when the Big Red Machine was signing at the convention center. Always will remember that.

Griffey was my 2nd fav. I was a fan of the Reds and Mariners and knowing Junior was from here I always dreamed he would be a Red. I will never forget the day they said he was a Red!.. I was so happy.. And despite all the injuries, i never turned against him. I only wish the Reds FO would have kept Greg Vaughn to be the teams leader and and bat 4th after him. I feel that would have helped him more and not feel he had to be the guy to homer every AB in every game to carry the team..

UPRedsFan
11-19-2012, 10:01 PM
Faults and all, it's still Pete.

Mario Soto is a close second. I was a pitcher and loved watching him pitch. Of course in the early 80's he was about the only reason to watch the reds!

redram
11-19-2012, 10:21 PM
Chris Sabo was one of my favorites and Bench will always be number 1

RedsBrick
11-19-2012, 10:26 PM
My lifelong love affair with the Reds started with #14.

Girevik
11-20-2012, 11:29 AM
Bench followed closely by Larkin. Rijo is probably my favorite Reds pitcher.

Driver62
11-20-2012, 11:40 AM
Big Klu for me.

Biff Pocoroba
11-20-2012, 11:42 AM
Pete Rose. Hands down. He was/is a very flawed human being but he was a role model inside the white lines.

texasdave
11-20-2012, 11:58 AM
Chronologically:

Vada Pinson
Tony Perez
Mario Soto
Sean Casey
Jay Bruce

bounty37h
11-20-2012, 12:03 PM
Big Klu for me.

My dad was in Pharmacy School in Cincy, said Klu had a bar at one time and he use to go and drink with him after he got out of classes/work at nights.

justincredible
11-20-2012, 12:08 PM
Larkin.

dougflynn23
11-20-2012, 12:17 PM
Bobby Tolan.

Helms1
11-20-2012, 01:24 PM
I'm thinking maybe Tommy Helms. I had to concentrate though.

faffy42
11-21-2012, 05:31 PM
Johnny Bench

Ironman92
11-21-2012, 07:44 PM
Paul Konerko and Cody Ross

Tuff Nut
11-22-2012, 01:03 AM
Paul Konerko and Cody RossNow that right there is funny.....I don't care who ya are:D
For me it is Johnny and Davey, followed by Tony and Pete. When I played I was a catcher and a SS,(also a pitcher,but man, 'The Bird' was the shiznit) so I emulated the Big Oak, when behind the plate, and loved the way Davey made everything seem routine.

Krawhitham
11-22-2012, 01:33 AM
Larkin & Big Klu

Barry was one of the best all around players I ever seen

Anyone that can have more HR than K must be a baseball god

smixsell
11-23-2012, 01:34 PM
1. Johnny Bench
2. Tony Perez
3. Davey Concepcion

Man were these 3 in particular CLUTCH!

To all of you who missed the "Big Red Machine" period between 70 and 76, you missed the best of the modern era, and probably the best of all time.

PSThere are some "official" DVDs out there with the 75 World Series and some bootleg DVDs floating around on the net with the 1976 World Series and 2 games from the 1972 World Series, if you'd like a taste of what you missed. :o)

DirtyBaker
11-23-2012, 08:06 PM
Dimitri Young
Ryan Hanigan
Scott Sullivan

Redus
11-25-2012, 05:51 AM
Pete Rose
I got up to go to school one morning and my Dad had left me the sports page on the table as usual. That day the headline was "Rose signs with Phillies". I picked up my books and walked out the door. My mile walk to school was filled with me balling my eyes out.

Mutaman
11-27-2012, 04:46 PM
Saw Vada Pinson as a minor leaguer, followed him up the ladder, and became a Reds fan because of him.

But he was eclipsed by Bench- I was at the stadium when he hit the two HR in game 4. And that shot against the Pirates was one of the great moments of my life. Thanks John.

Barney
12-07-2012, 04:23 PM
My age is showing.......Frank Robinson, followed by Roy McMillen, and Jim O'toole.

nheath22
12-07-2012, 04:35 PM
Sean Casey
Willy Mo Pena
Brandon Phillips

WDE
12-07-2012, 06:46 PM
Favorite that I've personally seen? Larkin.

gedred69
12-08-2012, 12:15 AM
The Big Doggie. Incredible at the plate in the clutch.

BlackPete Ibold
12-08-2012, 12:42 AM
Gotta say my favorite all time Red has to be Joe Nuxhall.

Not that I ever saw him play, but I listened to him so much that it sort of feels like I did. Either way, I feel strongest about Joe, and think we all probably had a better feel for him than any other Reds player.



If we are going with guys I actually saw on the field, I'd have to say Bench too. I guess I might be highly susceptible to media, but Bench leading the sat morning kids show Baseball Bunch made me proud to be a Reds fan living in NC among a sea of Braves fans. I also caught (well, picked up from under the seat in front of me) a Bench hit foul ball when I was 7. Pretty much a fan for life after that.