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2015 Reds, 1990 Score style: Nasty Boys (Highlights #1)

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Rob Dibble, Randy Myers, and Norm Charlton—the Nasty Boys of the 1990 World Championship Cincinnati Reds—were on hand to throw out ceremonial first pitches on Opening Day in Cincinnati.

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Fun Cards: 2013 Topps “Nasty Boys”

Nasty Boys Dibble Charlton Myers

There is a lot of hoopla surrounding the duo of Jonathan Broxton and Aroldis Chapman in the Reds’ bullpen, but they are not as exciting as the 1990 “Nasty Boys” bullpen featuring Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble, and Randy Myers. When the Reds traded John Franco in December ’89, I thought all was lost. But Myers’ personality was a better fit for the Cincinnati bullpen, and Lou Piniella was able to get the best out of his famous trio as the Reds went wire-to-wire and swept the Oakland A’s in the 1990 World Series.

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…

The one thing I like about Braves fans…

…is that they don’t mind sending me Reds cards! Dayf pulled a few Reds in 2010 packs and sent them and other Reds cards on to me in a very non-Bip fashion (which I appreciate, although I wouldn’t complain if I got some of Bip’s Reds cards).



The Topps design has really grown on me, while Upper Deck just gets uglier every time I look at it.

Dayf also sent along some older Redlegs…



And these playing cards are awesome. I’ve seen a few, but this is the first time I saw I saw the Nasty Boys Wild Card. Very appropriate.

And Dayf knows that Bo knows Reds fans. No, not Bo Jackson…Bo Diaz!



Thanks Dayf!

2009 Topps Randy Myers

On December 6, 1989, Randy Myers became a member of the Cincinnati Reds when he was traded for John Franco. Completing the Nasty Boys trio with Rob Dibble and Norm Charlton, Myers and the Boys dominated from the Reds bullpen and helped the team go wire-to-wire and win the World Series over the hated Oakland A’s. Myers was an All-Star for the first time in 1990, came in 5th in Cy Young voting, and even got a few MVP votes (the 2nd time in his career that would happen…he actually got MVP consideration 4 times in his career…and there we go again with that blog article that I will never write).

Myers only spent two season in Cincinnati, but they were memorable because of that awesome 1990 campaign.

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