The 2007 Cincinnati Reds

September: It was fun while it lasted

Contending? Well so much for that.

August was the month to write home about. September was a little closer to June. Despite enough excitment early in the month to get two nationally televised games (the first since April,) the sickness that plagued the Reds earlier in the season surfaced. The Youth that was injected into the bullpen surrendered lead after lead to divisional rivals Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee.

The September highlight was a bomb Adam Dunn hit in Milwaukee. C. Trent Rosecrans said the ball went 455-ft.

The next day he took a trip to where the ball landed, and talked to the season ticket holders that sit there. From his blog: "The people there said they've seen a couple land there in batting practice, never in a game. Nobody up there could remember a game-hit homer going further. A couple of them had seen big home runs in like the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game a couple of years ago, but never in an actual game. Amazing. Brewers manager Ned Yost said the pitch was an 81 mph changeup. That makes it even more impressive. Hal McCoy said he asked Yost if he saw where the ball landed, Yost said, "No, I just expected it to burn up upon reentering the atmosphere"'

The month started well, and fell apart. The Reds crawled into the offseason, losing 10 of their last 11 games, to watch the playoffs at home.

September would leave Pete Mackanin, who a month earlier looked to be a shoe in for the managerial job in 2008, without a job.

September: 10-17

Season: 72-90

Finished 5th place, 13 games back