After the previous Monday where the question provider missed the boat, the Cincinnati Reds Question of the Week is back at Redleg Nation. For this week as decided to ask some of the writers what their most memorable moment of the season was in the 2019 season.
Question: The season isn’t over just yet, but we’re almost there. What’s the most memorable moment of the season for you this year?
Mary Beth Ellis: In the most 2019 Reds thing ever, when Derek Dietrich hit the go-ahead run on Opening Day, my husband turned to me and asked who Derek Dietrich was. And I had no idea.
“The pitcher! The pitcher did that!” someone yelled from the back of the bar. Now, of course, we have a Derek Dietrich (not a pitcher– YET) tee shirt in our home and no more video replays of Yasiel Puig. And what I remember most about any of them doing anything had nothing to do with strikeouts, defense, or run generation. It’s all punching Pirates, throwing one another in the air after home runs, and grim reminders of the “don’t get attached” philosophy. And that’s not entirely a bad thing.
At least I’ll remember–fondly, if not without a great deal of frustration.
Bill Lack: For me, it was the streak that Aristides Aquino had. The 11 homers in his first 17 games were just fun to watch. No matter what the rest of his career brings, it was fun to watch him shred the Major League record book in those 17 games.
Ashley Davis: I have two memorable moments from this season and both involved games I attended, but each was memorable for different reasons. The first was the night Yasiel Puig was traded. The game itself was boring–the Reds lost 11-4. It was the end of the game, however, that made it interesting. From the moment I read tweets about Puig being traded for Trevor Bauer, but remained in the game to the escalating arguments and the brawl between the Reds and the Pirates while everyone was learning of the trade news, I knew it was going to be a game I wouldn’t forget, even though it had nothing to do with actual baseball.
The second moment was a recent game against the Phillies. The Reds got an early lead via a Joey Votto home run. Jay Bruce tied it with a home run, bringing with it conflicted feelings for me. Jose Iglesias untied it in the following inning and Michael Lorenzen capped off the win with a home run. Any time Lorenzen does something good at the plate, it’s memorable. That night was just a fun night at the ballpark. Being a fan of a playoff contender is better, but you can always find memorable moments even when your team isn’t one of the best.
Doug Gray: I’m with Bill on this one, sort of. Mine isn’t the streak itself, though that was incredibly fun. But mine is a game within the streak. August 10th against the Chicago Cubs. The Reds won the game 10-1 and they hit what feels like eleventy-billion home runs in the game. It was only six, but the feeling was there that they were never going to stop. And that’s because Aristides Aquino hit three of them on the day. And not only did he hit three, but they came in three straight innings.
The first one came in the second inning off of Kyle Hendricks, and so did the one the next inning, too. But in the fourth inning he saw a new pitcher, but it didn’t matter. He took Dillon Maples deep, too.