CINCINNATI, OCT. 21 -- Hundreds of screaming fans met the Cincinnati Reds' chartered jet tonight as the World Series champions returned from a four-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics.
The crowd cheered the Reds as the doors opened shortly after the plane's 9:56 p.m. EDT arrival at Greater Cincinnati International Airport.
"It's stirring. It's just overwhelming for all these people to be out here at this hour of the night," Reds owner Marge Schott said after emerging from the plane to cheers of "Marge! Marge! Marge!" and "Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!"
Said Jose Rijo, the pitcher who won Games 1 and 4 and was named the Series' most valuable player: "Next year, we've got to win it again. This is too much fun."
The city of Cincinnati and the Downtown Council are sponsoring a downtown parade Monday, followed by a noon rally at Fountain Square.
Reds fans partied into the early morning hours Sunday and continued celebrating later in the day, driving through downtown Cincinnati in cars trailing red streamers and with brooms sticking out the windows, signifying the sweep.
"Oakland brought brooms when they came here, and look who got swept," exulted Gary Mattox, from Newport, Ky., just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. "We're going to do it again in 1991."