Pure, unadulterated joy is a rare thing, especially in baseball, a sport where there is always tomorrow. Even with a great comeback win, a team, and its fans, must come back down to earth and be ready to go back at it the next day. That leaves little room for moments of complete happiness.
Since winter is upon us, and snow is blanketing the ground around Cincinnati during Redsfest, it is healthy to reflect on times when as fans, we felt a warmth and glowing joy towards our favorite ballclub. With that thought in mind, harken back to your DVR, or favorite YouTube channel, and tell us what your favorite Reds moments in recent memory have been.
For me, May 7th of this past season was my first of such moments during the 2013 campaign. Pinch-hitting and down to his final strike in the bottom of the ninth inning, Devin Mesoraco was facing the premier closer in all of baseball, Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel. A scrappy at-bat to say the least, concluded with Mesoraco lofting a high fly ball to right center field that carried, and carried, until B.J. Upton leaped and ultimately, came up short of robbing Mesoraco of his game-tying homerun. With that simply tying the game, Shin-Soo Choo stepped in to the box and proceeded to launch a fastball into the netting above the Reds bullpen, sending everyone in attendance into frenzy. It was a stunning comeback and it was the first of many great memories of 2013.
The other moment that allowed Reds Country to collectively pump its fist was the improbable comeback win on September 20th against the Pittsburgh Pirates and their air-tight bullpen. By all means, had Jordy Mercer not lobbed the throw to first, the game should have ended in victory for the Buccos. Then again, it left the door open for the Redlegs, who never said die. A Billy Hamilton stolen base and a two-RBI single from Devin Mesoraco later, the Reds had tied the game with what was a scintillating comeback from the jaws of defeat. Gladly, the drama was not finished. In typical Joey Votto fashion, he scraped a homerun over the left field fence to put the Reds ahead in the 10th for good, giving the team not only a vital win at that point in the season, but one of the most exciting comebacks in recent franchise history.
So tell me, Reds fans, what moments got you out of your chair and may have even caused you to wake the kids or the neighbors? There have certainly been some great ones the last few years, and there are sure to be even more next season.