Re: Your all-time favorite Red?
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..