Originally Posted by cumberlandreds
1972 game five of the NL playoffs. Johnny Bench's leadoff home run in the 9th inning of the deciding game five. This home run tied the game and the Reds won it later in the inning. This was my first big moment of being a Reds fan. I can remember getting really excited and when Bench hit it out my dad jumped up out of his chair and gave a big clap of his hands. He rarely got this excited over a sports event. I knew then it must be big!
I'm glad somebody else brought this up before I wrote about it. Mine would have been much longer.
After the loss to the Orioles in 1970, this brought the majesty of playoff baseball home to me. My sister and I just sat there on the couch screaming at the television in joy. Of course those damned A's with all that facial hair brought us back to reality a few days later. Gene Tennace? You've got to be kidding me. Who the heck is Gene Tennace anyway?
Sometime in game 4 of the 1990 series, Dave Stewart was cruising with a lead and he stepped on a balloon that had randomly made it's way to the pitching mound at the coliseum. For some reason this act of violence offended my sister and I and we sensed this as some turning point in the game. Sure enough the reds got just enough runs to get the job done. You can queue up the X-files music and I won't be offended. Yes, it makes no sense at all.
You want to talk about obscure series heroes, I'll take your Gene Tenace and raise you with a Billy Bates.
I was very young in 1972 and of course older in 1990. My sister made a special trip home to watch those 1990 games. Before writing this, I don't know that I had ever realized how connected those moments are in my mind.