If you're a baseball fan, seeing your favorite team win the World Series is the pinnacle of the sport. If you're a fan of the Cincinnati Reds, it's been quite some time since you've been to the promised land.
However, I would remind you that fans of the Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and Milwaukee Brewers have never been able to celebrate a world championship. In fact, the Mariners have never even been to the Fall Classic.
The Reds have lifted the Commissioner's Trophy five times during their illustrious history, but when was the last time Cincinnati won the World Series?
When was the last time the Cincinnati Reds won the World Series?
The Cincinnati Reds won the 1990 World Series over the Oakland Athletics after going wire-to-wire that season. The Reds swept the heavily-favored A's in just four games.
Led by first-year manager Lou Piniella, the Reds won nine straight games to open the 1990 season and never looked back. Cincinnati won the National League West Division by five games over the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers with a record of 91-71.
The Reds knocked off the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NLCS and earned a trip to the 1990 World Series. With the dominant bats of Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Harold Baines, and Willie McGee, Oakland was the overwhelming favorite to take the series.
But, to the surprise of everyone, including the Cincinnati faithful, the Reds came to play. Eric Davis set the tone in Game 1 with a monster blast off Dave Stewart. The Reds blew out the A's by a final of 7-0.
In Game 2, it was nail-biter that ended with a walk-off winner in the 10th inning off the bat of Joe Oliver that scored Billy Bates from second. The Reds then went on the road to Oakland and secured Game 3 by a final of 8-3. Chris Sabo had two home runs in that contest.
Game 4 ended on a pop fly behind the first base bag that was secured by Todd Benzinger, and the 1990 World Series Championship belonged to the Cincinnati Reds.