Randy Myers and the Nasty Boys will have a special triple bobblehead that will be given away by the Reds Saturday (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Ben Katko)
The Nasty Boys and the triple bobbleheads (Photo: Twitter/Rob Dibble)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Over 30 members of the historic 1990 World Champion Reds will be honored 25 years later at Great American Ball Park this weekend.
"It'll be nice to have that favorite team here. Everybody talks about that '75 and '76 Big Red Machine, but everybody should know that '90 team is one of those teams that really changed the city," said Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips.
Most of the team was back in Cincinnati Friday night to walk the red carpet and greet the faithful decked out in their 1990s championship gear, throwback jerseys and hats to show their pride for the team.
"They were awesome. Hal Morris, Larkin, The Nasty Boys and Sweet Lou,” said Jim Freppon of Middletown.
The members of the 1990 team were recognized and honored on the field during the post-game ceremonies Friday.
"It's my favorite year. We accomplished so much, and we'll be friends for life," said retired Reds pitcher Tom Browning.
The 1990 team took first place on Opening Day and never looked back, finishing the season with a World Series sweep of the Oakland A's.
"My husband and I grabbed our brooms and we went downtown and we celebrated with everybody else the night we won the 1990 World Series,” said Mary Lynn Knochelman of Delhi Township.
It was the fifth 4-game sweet by the National League and second by the Reds (1976).
"What I remember quite fondly is not just the relationship we had as a team, but the relationship we had with fans," said retired Reds shortstop Barry Larkin.
Memories from that year will likely stay fresh in the fan's minds, especially on this special weekend.
"When you have a chance to come and just partake in the last time the Reds really were a dominant team, I had to be up here. It's just a moment that I couldn't miss,” said Matt Neal, who made the trek from Louisville to catch the festivities.
The highlight of the homestand is the Reds will be giving away a special "Nasty Boys" triple bobblehead to the first 25,000 fans at the game Saturday.
Barry Larkin, Rob Dibble, Chris Sabo and Randy Myers will through out simultaneous first pitches before Saturday's game at 1:10 p.m. In honor of the championship run, the Reds and Cubs wore a special 1990 throwback jerseys during the game Friday night.
Fans will also get to meet the players at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum Friday Saturday beginning at 12:15 p.m., as they parade towards the field for the start of the special pregame ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. (weather permitting).
Make sure to watch FOX19 NOW's Tricia Macke's Another Side of Rob Dibble Sunday at 10 p.m.