For most, July 28, 2005 is not all that long ago in the grand scheme of things.
Fans of the Cincinnati Reds may disagree. That was the last time the boys in red beat the boys in blue in Los Angeles.
Monday, July 20, 2009, the Reds venture westward in hopes of breaking the nearly four-year-old streak.
Let's rewind to that 2005 game.
It was a Thursday afternoon contest, the last of a four-game set. Brandon Claussen was the starting pitcher for the Reds. His mound opponent was some guy named D.J. Houlton.
The Dodgers starting line-up looked like this:
SS Cesar Izturis, 2B Antonio Perez, CF Milton Bradley, 3B Olmedo Saenz, 1B Jason Phillips, LF Mike Edwards, C Mike Rose, RF Jason Repko, and pitcher Houlton.
Of those nine, the only recognizable names now are Cesar Izturis, Milton Bradley, and Mike Edwards. No wait, my bad, I was thinking of John Edwards—the guy who ran for Vice President the year before the Reds last won in Los Angeles.
Saddam Hussein was still alive. Hurricane Katrina had yet to devastate New Orleans. And I could still dunk a basketball (okay, that's not true).
The game itself was less than memorable.
Jerry Narron out managed Jim Tracy, leading the Reds to a 6-1 win.
Rusty LaRue caught Claussen and had a five RBI, two HR day at the plate. The only other offense of the game for the Reds was a sac fly off the bat of Ken Griffey Jr. that scored Ryan Freel.
The Dodgers lone run came via long ball. Izturis went deep to lead off the game for the Dodgers. So besides the win, Reds fans can take pride that their pitchers threw nine innings of shutout baseball.
The only guys still playing for the Reds since that '05 season are Aaron Harang, David Weathers, and Edwin Encarnacion (who had made his major league debut the month before).
For the Dodgers the only player left is 2005 ace of their staff, Jeff Weaver—and he played for three different teams before returning this season, just as the pitchers reported to spring training.
The 2009 version of Weaver has him as the Dodgers star mop-up reliever and spot starter.
And tonight, to make matters worse for the Reds, there is a feel good story heading to the hill. Former all-star, Jason Schmidt, has not pitched at the major league level in over two years—or just a bit more than half the number of years since the Reds last took a game at Chavez Ravine.
For Reds fans it sure would be nice if D.J. Houlton weren't pitching for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks on the other side of the planet.