I as well am only 20, and I feel much the same as Shaknb8k. I can remember being around 7 years old and going to Opening Day at Riverfront. It was great. Glen Braggs even threw me a ball before the game. I still have that ball.
I have fleeting memories of 1995. The one that has stuck the most is Javy Lopez(I think) hitting a home run off of the foul screen at Riverfront. I remember being crushed at the loss of that series.
The year that really made me a die-hard fan was 1999. That year was everything Reds baseball should be. Packed stadiums, wins, and fun. I'll probably never forget sitting in front of the TV all day waiting out the long, long rain delay in Milwaukee.
I hear stories from my dad and grandpa about Crosley Field and how great it was to be a Reds fan back then. I love everyone of them.
My friends often dog me because I would rather watch the Reds on TV than go out. I set my work schedules around the Reds TV games as much as I can. I'm hooked for life.
The Reds to me are much more than OPS and the W/L columns, they are a way of life, passed down through my family from generation to generation. I take pride in my Reds, good or bad. I really think that's what sets the Reds apart from most teams. How many other teams would have 5 straight losing seasons and still have so many devoted fans across the country? Few.