Monday, June 05, 2006

There's precedent

The Reds swept the Astros this weekend in Houston for the first time since 1999.

Ah, '99.

My first season covering the club was a magical one with Jack McKeon's Redlegs rolling to 96 victories before falling one win short of reaching the playoffs.

If you recall, it was a four-game sweep at the Dome in Houston in late June which jumpstarted the '99 Reds to a memorable run which put them on the brink of the playoffs. Ron Villone (remember him?) tossed a one-hitter at the 'Stros to highlight that series.

We'll find out beginning in St. Louis tonight if the Reds can carry the momentum of this past weekend's broom-job in Houston into the rest of the season.

2 comments:

Daedalus said...

When I heard about the sweep in '99, it jolted my memory. That sweep is quite clear. God, what a great year that was.

I'm trying not to let thoughts of what could be this year creep into my mind, but I can't help it. When you've had so much disappointment over a few years, every step towards winning brings a bit more hope. I'm not sure how I'm going to react if the Reds win this series against St. Louis, but I am betting that there will be a little more confidence in the team, whether it is warranted or not. I just don't want to feel that crushing defeat yet again if they start really falling off pace.

Jeff Wallner said...

It's a long season. But, you should feel confident that if the Reds are firmly entrenched in, at minimum, the Wild Card race at the trade deadline, this ownership group will do whatever's necessary to keep them there.