Reds get kudos from mayor and city

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The playoffs may have ended, but the celebrations go on for your Division Champion Reds.

Mayor Mark Mallory congratulated them for a fantastic season and Team Manager Dusty Baker revealed a pre-game secret.

Dusty revealed he's been a frequent flyer in the pews at St. Peter In Chains church before every home game.

This was Baker's first time, not only in council chambers, but also in City Hall.

"I've always wondered what was inside this beautiful building here," Baker said. "Because from the outside, I go, well, I'm gonna let a secret out, I gotta pray for my team, I'm not Catholic but I do go across the street to St. Peter In Chains over there and if you ever see a guy walking out of there about noon to 1 p.m., praying for the world and my team and the City of Cincinnati, it's me."

Baker, along with Reds COO Phil Castellini, and General Manager Walt Jocketty got special accolades from Mayor Mark Mallory.

"The Cincinnati Reds are very important to us and I just want you to know from me and from the Council, how proud we are of the achievements of this great team," Mallory said. "The oldest baseball team in this country."

The Mayor read a resolution recognizing the team and their long and storied history.

"Leading the National League in runs, listen to this," Mallory said. "Leading the National League in runs, in hits, home runs, runs batted in, and batting average, on their way to winning 91 games."

Mallory said the Reds clinching of the National League Central Division was a great source of pride for the city and brought the baseball playoffs back to Cincinnati.

"Now, therefore, I , Mark Mallory, Mayor of the great City of Cincinnati, do hereby declare that the Cincinnati Reds are the best daggone team in Major League Baseball," said Mallory.

"It's with great pride that we accept this resolution," Castellini said. "This is a team that belongs to the fans all over Reds country. I would say it was a blessing for the year we had and to see the fans re-engage the way they did."

"And to our great fans we had a very good year," Jocketty said. "Next year, we're gonna have a great year!"

"I'm very proud and feel very privileged to be the Manager of the Cincinnati Reds," Baker humbly said.

And with a resounding roll call, Council adopted the resolution.

"Ghiz? Yes. Monzel? Yes. Qualls? Yes. Quinlivan? Yes! Thomas? Yes. Winburn? Young? Yes. Berding? Yes. Bortz? Go Reds!"

Mayor Mallory said he didn't want to let another moment slip by to let the team know how important they are to the city. And how proudly everyone is looking forward to an amazing season next year.

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