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Cincinnati Reds, Bengals fans commiserate with long-suffering Pittsburgh Pirates backers

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PITTSBURGH – Cincinnati fans can commiserate with long-suffering Pirates fans who are finally getting to enjoy their first postseason game since 1991.

Until the Reds broke through in 2010, Cincinnati fans hadn’t rooted for their team in the playoffs for 15 years. And they’re still waiting for the first home playoff victory since 1995.

Bengal fans have it worse still. The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game at all since 1992.

Late Reds owner Marge Schott presided over the champagne-spraying celebration in the Reds clubhouse in 1995.

“This was a shock, but it’s great,” Schott said. “It proves that we’re a good team, you know.”

The Reds took Game 3 from the Dodgers at home after winning the first two games in L.A. But the Braves swept the Reds in the NLCS.

We asked Reds fan Justice Ohlenkamp if he thought his young son would see the Reds win a home playoff game before he gets as old as his dad.

“I would definitely hope so,” he said.

Since the Reds beat the Dodgers, they are 0-6 in home playoff games - losing two NLCS games to the Braves in 1995, one NLDS game to the Phillies in 2010 and three NLDS games to the Giants in 2012.

That doesn’t include the 1999 Wild Card play-in against the Mets, which the Reds lost after blowing a one-game lead in the Central Division with four to play.

Sean Casey was the first baseman on that Reds team and later played for the Pirates.

“You want to worry about who is pitching tomorrow and when you can’t worry about that it rips a little bit out of you,” Casey remembered.

Do you remember the last time the Bengals won a home playoff game?

They beat the Houston Oilers, who moved to Tennessee and changed their names out of embarrassment.
 

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