I was in the house with two of my buddies sitting in the left field bleachers. Of course it was quite the boring game for the first 7 innings. We spent most of our time searching for woman who our wives would be pissed we were looking at. Found quite a few actually.
We also had to sit and listen to Indians fans yell and scream about how they were the best, etc etc.
Then the bottom of the 8th happened. Castro's unexpected bomb really woke the crowd up. We were about 20 feet from the HR and I actually made it on TV for the first time that I know of. (Watched the replay on STO when I got home) There was a good buzz going after the 8th ended until the bullpen struck again. That took a little bit out of the crowd and my group.
The Hatteberg out to begin the 9th really had me thinking it was going to be another loss. Then Kearns and Phillips got on and the crowd started to get a buzz again. After Valentin got out, all the same thoughts entered my mind. I just sat there and told my firends that it would be great just to get Dunn up here in the 9th. Then the 5 pitch walk to Freel. The crowd began to get louder and louder. Then the 4 pitch walk to Lopez. The crowd is now really getting into it. Ball 1 to Dunn. The crowd is now at a fever pitch.
Right after ball 1 to Dunn, I turned to my friends and said "This is the pitch to hit". They both just kinda laughed and said "5 straight though" Then Wickman threw the pitch and Dunn did what Dunn does and hit a screamer into the bullpen that we had a great angle on out in left. The place absolutely went crazy and everyone was highfiving everyone else. Also loved the look on the Indians fans faces who were around us. Utter shock.
I've been to quite a few comeback wins, I think this one is right up there with Opening Day 2 years ago when Randa hit the walkoff against the Mets. I think that game and tonights are the best games I've seen in person.
I will be back down to Cincy on Sunday and I hope the Reds win in a more common fashion that day.
Wow, what a game.