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U Can’t Touch This

MC Hammer performed before and after the Reds’ game Friday night. Here is “U Can’t Touch This,” performed among the fans on the field.

The Reds Hammered the Rockies!

July 16, 2010: Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies at Great American Ballpark…

MC Hammer kicked things off in right field with a pre-game concert…

2/3 of the Nasty Boys, Randy Myers and Norm Charlton, threw out ceremonial first pitches…

The team honored its four 2010 All-Stars, (bottom to top: Arthur Rhodes, Scott Rolen, Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips)…

MC Hammer helped Dusty Baker deliver the lineup card to the umpire crew…

Bronson Arroyo pitched a great game (with help from Rhodes and Francisco Cordero at the end)…

But not everything went the Reds’ way. Jay Bruce hit a shot to center field, but was robbed by Dexter Fowler in a catch that was reminiscent of Eric Davis’ defensive prowess…

MC Hammer led the crowd in “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch…

After the game, the Reds commemorated the 20th anniversary of their last World Series win with twelve players from the 1990 team. Eric Davis got the loudest response…

Twelve players from the 1990 season, though not all started or ended the season with the team. Bottom to top: Paul Noce, Glenn Braggs, Chris Sabo, Billy Hatcher, Hal Morris, Randy Myers, Herm Winningham, Tom Browning, Ron Robinson, Norm Charlton, Keith Brown, and Eric Davis. Lou Piniella also appeared via a recorded message on the scoreboard, a nice touch in my opinion…

Hall of Fame radio broadcaster Marty Brennaman spoke with each of the players, from Paul Noce, who only made one plate appearance and got a hit (his last in the majors) in 1990, to Ron Robinson, who was traded (with Bob Sebra) to the Brewers for Glenn Braggs (and Billy Bates) in June of ’90, to Keith Brown, who was diagnosed with cancer in the 1990s but beat it. My favorite was Eric Davis, who proudly stated that while Lou Piniella did a good job managing the club, “It was Pete Rose’s team.”

MC Hammer performed again after the ceremony, including his two biggest hits, “U Can’t Touch This” and “2 Legit To Quit.” Videos to come…

This is a big weekend in Cincinnati

Tonight, MC Hammer is performing before and after the Reds game, which will be a celebration of the 1990 World Champion team. Norm Charlton and Randy Myers are scheduled to throw out the first pitch(es?) and several members of the ’90 club will be in attendance. We’re getting ready to leave the house here in just a few minutes to head down to the park. Can’t miss any of the Hammer, that’s for sure!

Tomorrow is the Hall of Fame induction, with Chris Sabo, Pedro Borbon and the late Tony Mullane getting the highest honor for a retired Reds player. It is also Sabo bobblehead night at the park. Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend, so if anyone spies a stray bobblehead as you’re leaving the stadium, let me know. My wife bought me tickets for tomorrow’s game too, so I’ll be adding another bobblehead to my very small collection (Mr. Red, Jay Bruce, and Adam Jones).

Speaking of Sabo, Cincinnati.com has a quiz about Spuds on their site currently. I scored 90%, fooled by a question that was not entirely about Sabo.

High school memories

I hated high school while I was in it. Absolutely hated it. Looking back now, I wish I could go back. No responsibility, no obligations, no bills! But while you’re there, you can’t imagine anything worse. However, there were some good things that happened in high school.

One of those things was the greatest era of pop music in my lifetime. I’ve said it before, hair metal is my absolute favorite genre. But the pop music of the late 1980s and early 1990s was just absolutely awesome. From Right Said Fred to Marky Mark, Milli Vanilli to Gerardo, Young MC to Bobby Brown. Speaking of Bobby, was there a better pop record than Don’t Be Cruel…ever?

And of course, who could forget ProSet’s 1991 “Super Stars MusiCards”?

Ice, Ice Baby.

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