As the Cincinnati Reds enter Major League Baseball’s post-season for the first time since 1995, the citizens of this river town are embracing and enjoying every last-minute of the ride.  The fans excitement  and elation was quite apparent on Monday afternoon, as swarms of people flocked to Fountain Square.  A massive rally of Reds fans, cheering and showing support for professional baseball’s oldest team, invaded the square before the team hopped a flight to Philadelphia.  The Phillies will host the Reds for the first two games of the NLDS starting Wednesday night.  The entire 2010 Cincinnati Red’s team took the stage around 3:30 during the 2-6pm rally.  The team was escorted to the stage by a member of the Big Red Machine.  Joe Morgan walked on to the platform with the team and was accompanied by Walt Jocketty, and Bob Castellini.   Marty Brennaman hosted the event and took time to speak with Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips, Jonny Gomes and Bronson Arroyo.  At one point, Dusty Baker was introduced and he made sure that Joey Votto didn’t get out of there without saying a few words.  We offer a look into the rally.

Bronson and Dusty settle into their spots at the beginning of the Reds rally on Monday

Orlando Cabrera looks on as the team arrives

Bronson Arroyo reads a sign in the crowd

The 2010 National League Central Division Champion Cincinnati Reds

Joe Morgan, Jonny Gomes, and Jay Bruce look out to the crowd

Dusty Baker claps as the crowd cheers on the team

Joe Morgan looks onto Fountain Square with pride

National League MVP candidate Joey Votto looks to the crowd

Joe Morgan addresses the team and the crowd

Joe Morgan speaking about the history and tradition of Reds baseball

Marty speaks with playoff clinching home run hitter Jay Bruce

Marty speaks with Jonny Gomes as Bruce and Phillips chuckle

Marty speaks with Bronson as Dusty looks on

Marty and Brandon Phillips share a laugh

Dusty speaks highly of his team

Dusty points out Joey Votto and gets him to share a few words

Bronson takes in one last look as the team leaves to board a plane to Philly

Scott Rolen tosses a ball to a child as he leaves the stage

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