Last night, the Cincinnati Reds defeated the New York Mets 3-2 in 10 innings. The Washington Nationals were also defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals. With the Reds’ win and the Nats’ loss, Cincinnati clinched a playoff spot.
Unlike some teams, there was no celebration; no champagne was sprayed and no cigars were smoked. The players found out that they had clinched a playoff spot soon after the game ended, but no one really cared. The playoffs are nothing new to the Reds, as they’ve made the playoffs three times in the last four years.
In fact, when Joey Votto went to his locker today, there was a hat hanging in his locker. He picked it up, said “Hey, we made the playoffs,” then tossed the hat into a corner. It’s obviously no big deal to the players, and it shouldn’t be.
The Reds have not won a playoff series since 1995, and they have not been to the World Series since 1990. They are looking to change that this season, however. First things first, they are fighting to win the National League Central Division. They are currently tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates for second place in the division, and trail the Cardinals by only two games. They still have a chance to win the division with only five games back, but not a very good chance; one thing is for certain, they will not give up. They will fight from the first to the final pitch. They play their hearts out each and every night, and if they don’t end the postseason with a win, their season will become a disappointment.
Coop Ledford is a Cincinnati Reds writer for RantSports.com. Please follow him on Twitter @CoopLed.