“I think the reason it bothered me so much is because it was the first time I ever saw the Cincinnati fans go out of their character. They were absolutely crazy in that last bit of (Game 5). It was the best version of them I’ve even seen. They were fantastic. They felt it was close. Not to get that — I was a fan in that moment — not to get to experience that elation . . .”
I was glad to see this.
For quite a while, I thought it was just me since I had been there. It was close to an out of body experience. I've been to a lot of Reds games, seen Reds playoff games, World Series games, All-Star games, big regular season games, etc etc. So that wasn't my first rodeo.
But that crowd in the last 4 innings was a different Cincinnati crowd. One that I haven't seen in a long time. Like Votto said, they (or we) were out of character. It's probably been since the 1995 playoffs against the Braves that I've seen a Cincinnati crowd act that way. It was like by a collective act of will, they could will the team to win.
It wasn't just a portion of the crowd, it wasn't the people that were down close to the field, or the people that like to stand up and waves their arms to get everyone else up and makes faces like they are some better kind of fan. It was *everyone*. It was everyone, all the time, and with intensity. A constant roar. Big roar. Intensity that I'd just seen flashes of in big games with the Cardinals in late innings. It was quite remarkable. You really had to be there.
So I'm glad to see that Votto saw it and maybe other players did too. And maybe Cincinnati fans learned that we can be a big-time crowd again. I know I've been way out of practice for too long. It felt good.