Cincinnati fans screamed, exchanged embraces and waved to honking cars to celebrate the Reds' extra-inning victory that gave the team a 2-0 lead over Oakland in the World Series.
The celebration Wednesday night was as noisy as the one of the previous night, when Cincinnatians roared approval for the Reds' 7-0 opening victory over the Athletics.Fans crowded onto Fountain Square, a traditional downtown focal point for celebrations, to revel in Wednesday night's euphoria.
"That's Cincinnati spirit. You've got to have it," said Penny Carmes, 37, a former 15-year employee of the Reds.
Carmes was dressed from head to foot in a Reds warmup outfit and she waved a Reds banner. "I'm for them all the way."
"Sweep, sweep!" fans shouted as they poured out of Riverfront Stadium minutes after Joe Oliver's 10th-inning hit gave the Reds a 5-4 triumph over the A's.
"It was great, great. I hope we get back here for a sixth game," said Don Archbold of Cincinnati, a Reds fan caught in the celebrating just outside the ballpark.
Archbold quickly added that he was confident Cincinnati could win the Series in Oakland, where the next three games, if necessary, will be played. The Series resumes Friday night in Oakland after a travel day today.
Catherine Tovine, a school nurse from Portsmouth, said she and her husband Vince had attended all the Reds' National League playoff home games and the first two Series games. She said they planned to attend the final games if the Series returns to Cincinnati.
Tovine said she didn't mind the two-hour drive between Portsmouth and Cincinnati to see the ball games.
"Oh well, It doesn't happen often. It may be once in our lifetime," she said.
"It was a great game. I can't believe they did it off (Oakland reliever Dennis) Eckersley," said Mark Hamgen. "I think they will win it out in Oakland."