CINCINNATI -- After a decade and a half of waiting -- and waiting -- the Reds clinched in big-time, big-moment style.
Jay Bruce's first-pitch walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth brought a rush of a celebration on to the field that Cincinnati hasn't enjoyed in years. There were fireworks blasting in the sky outside and champagne corks flying inside the clubhouse. It was one large party, and 30,151 fans were in attendance to take it all in.
Finally, the Reds are National League Central champions, as their magic number went from one to zero with a 3-2 win over the Astros on Tuesday night.