I almost can't believe it!!! We've been waiting for 15 years, but the drought is over!
Our Cincinnati Reds clinched the National League Central last night in front of the home crowd at Great American Ballpark.
The fans couldn't have asked for a more dramatic, incredible ending, as Jay Bruce hit a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the ninth inning to break a 2-2 tie and beat the Houston Astros. Bruce knew as soon as he hit it, and his teammates jumped out of the dugout and clobbered him at home plate.
Then the celebration was on. From Great American Ballpark to Fountain Square, fans dressed in red hit the streets to show the world our Reds are back in the playoffs. After interviews at GABP, the team headed to Mynt Martini on the square to mingle with fans and throw back some cold ones. Bruce calls it a dream come true. Manager Dusty Baker said he's had a feeling about this team ever since spring training.
We don't know who the Reds will play in the National League Championship series. Some don't give them much of a chance of beating the Phillies if that's who they face. Me? I say we erect a huge sign that says "Believe" on the Cincinnati skyline. Ron Oester said this week that the Reds weren't widely predicted to win the World Series in 1990,
Like every other Reds fan, I've been waiting a long time to see them do it again. And I can't wait to see how it turns out.