began 22 years ago tonight (10/16)
began 22 years ago tonight (10/16)
I was 7 years old and don't have many first-hand memories of it, but I certainly remember when they won. I was in bed at the time, and I woke up to my parents yelling and screaming at the television. I came downstairs to find out what was going on, and that's how I found out that they'd won. Even though I didn't witness much of the series, I have watched this VHS tape dozens of times and think about very frequently: http://www.amazon.com/1990-World-Ser.../dp/6304964684
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I was there, in RF stands.
I can still see Eric Davis' home run swing when I close my eyes. One of the happiest times of my life.
"They didn't like it in Pittsburgh."
"If they knew what they liked, they wouldn't live in Pittsburgh."
Preston Sturgess - "Sullivan's Travels"
The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. -- Terrance Mann (Field of Dreams)
"....the two players I liked watching the most were Barry Larkin and Eric Davis. I was suitably entertained by their effortless skill that I didn't need them crashing into walls like a squirrel on a coke binge." - dsmith421
I recall watching some of the series on a 13 inch tv that had a terrible picture, when in college. I didn't pay as much attention as I should have at the time, too many other distractions. Wish I could do it over again.
We only live in patches. - H. G. Wells
It seems like just yesterday I was crossing the bridge, looking at the stadium and couldn't believe I was going to the WS.
I sat in RF in red seats.
In the first inning I jumped up when Davis hit the HR. I spilled half my beer on the guy in front of me from jumping up.
"Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it." Cal Hubbard
I had just finished college and was living in Oakland with some buddies, one from Fairfax and the other from the East Bay, I had spent the last 8 weeks of the season sweating out the Reds chances and watching the A's wrap up their 3rd straight appearance in the WS, I had some hope... and then.
Such a week.
I was on the phone with a girl when Eric hit that homer. I dropped the phone and ran around screaming for a full minute. She was not amused.
"I prefer books and movies where the conflict isn't of the extreme cannibal apocalypse variety I guess." Redsfaithful
Don't forget Glenn Braggs breaking the bat on his back on a missed swing.
1990 World Series Hero Glenn Braggs on Sports Beat with Mike Sola - YouTube
And of course that team was Red Hot!
1990 Cincinnati Reds Rap: Red Hot - YouTube
I was at Game 1, the only game in the series I went to. I had been at all the NLCS games vs. Pittsburgh. Game 2 and 3 I watched at home and Game 4 I actually missed because I was at a wedding in Cleveland. I did get to listen to the final innings on a scratchy WLW though.
For Game 1, I was in the LF lower red seats in the section behind the foul pole. I'll never forget that view - still have the ticket stub too. There were three or four A's fans in the first row of the section in their green A's jackets.
When Davis hit that HR, a mood changed and I think the entire stadium (city) believed the Reds could win that series. And I never really noticed those A's fans after that.
I went to all the home playoff and the two home world series games that year. We sat in the red seats in right centerfield. I will never forget Canseco's half ass attempt to field a ball off the bat of Hatcher to help the Reds tie up game 2. After the Reds swept in Oakland, my fiance(now wife)and I went to Fountain Square to join the impromptu gathering of Reds fans. We were standing right next to a news reporter named Felicia something or other who got a whole beer poured on her while broadcasting. She was not pleased!
"Why are those Dodger pitchers in the Reds bullpen?"-GAC August 28, 2009
I was a senior in college, turned 21 just before Opening Day that year, some other stuff happened that's all a blur, then the World Series. That was a year that did not suck.
"I can make all the stadiums rock."
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