Originally Posted by brad1176
That series was literally David vs Goliath. The A's were the powerhouse of baseball. In game one, Eric Davis blasted a two run homer in the first inniing that really set the tone for the rest of the series. The Reds seemed to believe that they could beat the A's after that homer.
Spot on. What a moment!!!!
Dave Stewart had won like 6 or 7 stright postseason games with a miniscule ERA over that span, and ED's 2 out 2-run BLAST to DEEP centerfield smashed both the A's and Steweart's myth of invincibility from the get go. I was sitting in the upper deck in staightaway centerfield and knew the ball was gone when the ball reached it's apex and looked like a basketball to me because it was already so close. The ball was out in nearly straightawy CF by about 60-100 feet. WHAT A BLAST!!!!
PS The Reds beating the "invincible" Dennis Eckersly (like 44-1 in save opportunities that year IIRC) the next night sealed the Reds' belief.
PPS Although Vegas had the A's at prohibitive 3-1 favorites for that series, a poll of the head scouts of all major league teams taken prior to game 1 actually had a majority of head scouts picking the Reds to win (as I did <smile>). The scout's obviously knew, as I did (smile), that the Reds actually matched up well against the "Mighty A's." One of the reasons the A's dominated the AL during that period was they were an "NL style" team (speed, base stealing, power pitching) playing in the AL. The Reds were WELL equipped to face this type of team, whereas the typical AL teams weren't, making the A's seem much more powerful and dominant than they actually were IMO.