I've had so many memories of games at Riverfront (can't stand the name Cinergy
). Here's a few...
1979- My dad and I went down to watch our Reds play the Cards (sat in the LF green seats). I can't remember the Red's pitcher who started the game (which was easy to do because he only lasted a 1/3 of an inning and gave up 9 runs
). Most of us in the stands figured that this game was over. The Reds brought in this young kid, and he pitched 8 2/3 innings of shutout (2 hit ball), and the Reds came back and won the game 10-9. His name?....Frank Pastore
1988- Again my Dad and I went down and watched the Reds play the Astros this time. They had Mike Scott starting for them (got some great pics!). The Reds had this young rookie playing for them, and he had the game of his life! He had 4 hits (3 TRIPLES!) in leading the Reds to victory! My Dad kept asking..."Who is this kid, and where did he come from?" And I kept saying..."That's our new rookie 3bman Dad...Chris Sabo"
. My Dad said he had never seen anyone hustle like Chris had since Charlie Hustle himself. And he loved those goggles! My Dad thought they were so practical, and he couldn't undertand why more players didn't wear them (lol).
2000-Jr's first season as a Red. A bunch of us went down from Honda (I had to get the tickets of course
). We sat in the green seats ("I must be in the front row!") in right-center field. Got both Jr and Bichette to turn around and wave so we could take pics. This was the game where Villone pitched, and for once, was pitching a humdinger. He gave up a Hr to "whimpy boy" Edmonds, and then Big Mac hit the longest Hr ever at Cinergy. What was hilarious was that everyone was trying to get their bathroom break in between the inning before these guys came up (what a line!). Unfortunately, we were all standing "you know where" when Edmonds hit his. But everyone was literally "shaking their legs" and runnin' and zipping at the same time to see Big Mac's A/B
. Fortunately, I was able to get outside to see his shot in time.
Griffey won the game in the 7th with a 2 run homer to RF! One of the best games I have ever seen.
And then there was the infamous game last year (again against the Cards). My two brothers and I went down. We were winning the game going into the 9th (I think it was 6-4?..too many beers), and they brought in Danny Graves. Danny ended up giving up a 3 run homer to lose it for us! As the despondent crowds filed out of the stadium, a priceless moment was revealed. A drunk (no it wasn't me
) hung over the railing on the exit ramps and yelled.."NOBODY SCORES ON DANNY GRAVES!" I never heard such a roar of laughter in my life from the crowd! It made the drive home enjoyable!