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Letter from Piniella read at ceremony for 1990 team

CINCINNATI -- The Reds saluted the 1990 World Series championship team on Saturday in a pregame ceremony, but manager Lou Piniella was unable to attend. Piniella, 71, did send a hand-written letter to the team and its fans, which was read:

Dear Players and Fans,

My sincere apologies for not being there on this very special occasion. Needless to say [1990] was a great year in Reds baseball history. Unfortunately, our nephew whom we are very close to is getting married this weekend in Key West, [Fla.]. This trip has been planned by our family for a very long time. Naturally, I am disappointed that I can't be there to share in your joy reliving all those wonderful moments that made that season so amazing.

To the players, you are very special to me, and I want to thank you again for your dedication, your professionalism and your commitment to winning.

To the coaches and the entire organization, thank you so much for a job well done. We could not have done it without you.

And to the fans ... what would a team be without support, your encouragement, your love. Thank you for all of that and a lot more. Please enjoy this wonderful tribute ... and even though I'm not present, my heart will be with you.


Lou Piniella

The Reds went 91-71 in 1990 to win the National League West, and swept the Athletics in the World Series that year.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.
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