Sorry if this has already been posted, but this made me yearn for some winning baseball in Cincy, and also reminded me of one of the best summers of my life (not just because of the Reds).
Article from the Enquirer also has some great photos links of the 99 team. I was in my Sophomore/Jr. years of college when this magical season occured...along with the 1990 team this one was definitely one of my favorites.
Heres to some great memories...
I'd love to hear your recollections of that year.
I'll keep mine brief and only discuss 3.
1. I remember attending opening day with my grandfather (God rest his soul) and we sat in the red seats in right field. The atmosphere that game was comparable to a college football game. In fact we were surrounded by drunk kids, a de facto Reds student section! Even though we lost to the Giants it was a fun game and I knew deep down the Reds would have at least a winning season. Still remember Johnny Bench coming out of the dugout in a new Reds uniform right before the game.
2. I remember the All-Star game that summer at Fenway. I was vacationing with my family in Port Canaveral Florida and we watched that game at a place called Rusty's Seafood. I can still remember Larkin driving in the only run for the NL in the 4-1 loss that day (Pedro Martinez was dominant in the first 2 innings striking out 5 of 6 including Larkin).
3. I saved my best story for last...I believe it was late April, I know it was a Friday night. I was at an ex-girlfriend's home (who was a Braves fan by the way :thumbdown), and I asked if I could watch her TV so I could catch the end of the Reds/Pirates game. Reds were down 1 run in the bottom of the 9th at Riverfront. Somehow we tied the game and Pokey Reese was in scoring position. Then pinch hitter Hal Morris delivered a game winning single down the right field line that scored Pokey Reese giving the Reds a come from behind win. Pokey was mobbed at home with the iconic team hop. I instantly began jumping up and down with my fist clinched in the air screaming "Yeah, now thats Cincinnati Reds baseball bye gawd!" MY ex said "oh Will its only one game." Little did she know that every game counts and that one game helped get them into that one game playoff with the Mets. I also reminded her of that at the end of the season. I definitely had the last laugh as my distant 2nd favorite team swept Sucklanta in the World Series that year!
Sorry for the long post, but that article just brought back some great memories for me, baseball and regular life!