These guys will be back. It’s going to be a long run of emotions like this over the next decade barring something unforeseen taking place. A wise man once said that his team didn’t lose, they just ran out of time. That’s what this game felt like. I watched helplessly for 9 innings as my boys struggled to get on base. They hit several hard shots, but each time they did; it was right at someone.
This crowd threw everything they had at Cole Hamels for 9 innings. And for 9 innings he threw strikes through the heart of the plate, pumping 94-95 heat and mixing in his change up. I told people I was sitting with before this game that if Hamels was throwing that kind of heat with this off-speed stuff mixed in, it was going to be a long night. And to be honest this was the finest pitching performance that I’ve ever seen in person.
I was sitting up in the third deck on the first base line. It was as high up as I’ve ever sat at a game at Great American, as I was about 4 rows from the top of the stadium. It was a beautiful October night and the city was really on display for anyone who saw it.
When the game began I wanted no dinner, the nerves and atmosphere got me that pumped up. I have to say; the atmosphere that I saw is something that could get addicting. Once you attend a postseason baseball game, it makes a normal game in the middle of May seem like something very ordinary and the intensity level just isn’t comparable.
I took this video as the Reds were getting introduced. This is truly as loud as I’ve ever heard Cincinnati at a baseball game. Keep in mind there was a record crowd for Great American Ball Park on hand to cheer the Reds. It honestly felt more like a football atmosphere for 9 innings than it did baseball.