The Cincinnati Reds
clinched the NL Central Tuesday night as they defeated the Houston Astros
3-2. The game was tied going into the bottom of the ninth when Jay Bruce led
off the inning for the Reds homered on the first pitch he saw. As the ball
traveled into the grassy knoll located in centerfield at Great American
Ballpark, Bruce's teammates surrounded him at the pitcher's mound as he
finished rounding the bases. The Reds will be in the MLB playoffs for the
first time since 1995 and haven't had a winning season since 2000.
From: Enjoy this, Reds fans By: Paul Daugherty
As Edinson Volquez cut loose his first pitch Tuesday night, Declan Mullin
and his crew from ballpark operations invaded the home clubhouse and started
spreading the plastic.
Five hundred feet of clear sheeting, retail cost $291.92 at Lowe’s, affixed
to the walls with Frog Tape, protected the players’ cubicles from the
celebration riot they hoped would follow.
Fifteen cases of Korbel Brut champagne, 15 bottles to a case, awaited
chilling in an equipment room adjacent to the clubhouse, side by side with
15 cases of beer and four stacks of gray XX-large T-shirts bearing the word
CHAMPION in impossibly big letters.
"It took us a little bit longer than we thought,"
Reds owner Bob Castellini said.
"But it's certainly worth it, isn't it? It's just wonderful."
"It's been a remarkable year,"
"You stop and think about how many times we faltered, and they just came
back strong and did not quit. We were very cautiously optimistic throughout.
Every time these guys faltered or got swept, they came back. Resiliency was
the middle name of this baseball team."