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.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
Sabermetrics is this: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.
Forget the rain. It's never an official game until the Reds piss away a run between third base and home plate. - Bluegrass Redleg
"....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
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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."