Tuesday night’s game was thrilling, liberating, life-affirming, and everything else. And it belongs to a whole lot of people who sweated, cried, and suffered over the last ten years.
- It belongs to Jay Bruce and his hop-off HR, obviously, but also to Dan O’Brien who drafted him in 2005 (along with Travis Wood, Sam LeCure, Adam Rosales, and Jeff Stevens).
- It belongsÃ‚Â to Edinson Volquez and his 6 innings of ace pitching, but also to Wayne Krivsky, who had the stones to trade Josh Hamilton for Voltron and Daniel Ray Herrera. Wayne Krivsky also swapped the aforementioned Jeff Stevens for Brandon Phillips.
- It belongsÃ‚Â to Drew Stubbs and his hitting, running, and defense, but also to Reds Senior Director of Scouting Chris Buckley, who scouted Stubbs, Aroldis Chapman, and several other guys.
- It belongsÃ‚Â to Dusty Baker, who used his bullpen masterfully, but also toÃ‚Â Rick Sweet, Ted Power, Smokey Garrett, and all the other minor league managers and coaches who helped develop this team.
- It belongsÃ‚Â to Walt Jocketty, who has made very few mistakes in constructing this team, and who’s had the sense to get away from those mistakes quickly.
- It belongsÃ‚Â to Lisa Braun and Jamie Ramsey and the rest of the Reds marketing and media relations department for putting together last night’s Tweet Up, which was both great symbolism, and a perfect way to let fans share in last night’s celebration.
- It belongsÃ‚Â to Bob Castellini, the rest of the Reds ownership group, and the entire organization.Ã‚Â I’m sure they expected to get here faster than they did, but nobody has ever been able to question the organization’s commitment to winning, or to providing a great entertainment product. It’s been first class, all the way, and they really deserve to celebrate.
- Mostly, though, it belongs to the Reds fans. On a miserable Tuesday night, something like 14,000 of us bought tickets to support theÃ‚Â team, and to share in the fun. After fifteen years, the enthusiasm, the loyalty, the noise was still there. From everyone I’ve talked to, it was a magical night. Maybe even better than a playoff game, as it was pure celebration. There’s a game today, but the real “tomorrow” doesn’t come for a week. For now, there’s time for everyone affiliated with the Redleg Nation – players, staff, front office, and fans – to share in the celebration. I never use “we” when referring to the Reds, but today, it feels appropriate.
All photos linked from the Enquirer Reds page.