Re: Favorite Reds Memories/Why are you a Reds fan?
My toddler years were spent in the little town of Germantown, Ohio, in Montgomery County. We made many trips to Reds games (including a bunch during the BRM era). My earliest Reds memory is going to a game with my dad, at Crosley Field. I don't recall a lot of it, but I've always remembered my dad saying, "Son, that's Willie Mays right there". That has stuck in my head all these years later. As an avid baseball card collector and growing Reds fan, my love for baseball skyrocketed quickly.
We attended several games a year up until around 1980 or so when my parents divorced. We were living in Lexington, KY by then and continued to go to occasional games. I continued to play baseball, but got distracted by many of life's other pleasures during my late teen and early twenty years and didn't attend many games. Starting a career, getting married, having kids, getting divorced, etc -- life -- meant some of the other things I loved went on the back burner again for a few years. I ultimately moved to New York on a job transfer, moving me far away from my beloved Reds (and my Wildcats and Bengals).
However, one of my great Reds memories occurred during my years in New York. It was looking like the Reds would win the division in 2010, so I scheduled a quick vacation to come back home -- hoping to see the Reds clinch in person. And sure enough I was there, with great seats on the third base side, the night Jay Bruce hit the walk-off division-clinching homer to deep CF against the Astros. I've attended many, many live sporting events in my lifetime, but few have ever been as exciting as that moment.
I've been back in my homeland of Lexington for a couple years now and am fortunate to be able to catch a few games a season again. Life is back to normal and my love for the game is as strong as ever.
"I talked to an advance scout that told me if Joey Votto and Albert Pujols were on the same team he'd advise his team to do the unthinkable...pitch around Votto to get to Pujols." - Buster Olney, ESPN