On April 9, 1990 — Keeping with the team’s tradition of having a rookie select the music, Reds freshman first baseman Hal Morris picks U Can’t Touch This, following the Opening Day 8-4 extra-inning victory at the Astrodome. The iconic MC Hammer tune will become the team’s mantra and the unofficial theme song for the eventual world champs.

Houston’s Glenn Davis is hit by a pitch three times, tying a major league record which is shared by many major leaguers.

Randy Myers, in response to a writer informing him after Cincinnati’s 8-4 victory, the Astros weren’t happy about Davis getting hit three times, says if there is any retaliation, he and his teammates (Rob Dibble and Norm Charlton) clock at least ninety-five on the radar gun. When the Houston Chronicle beat reporter responds with “that’s pretty nasty,” the left-hander counters, “Well, we’re pretty nasty guys,” giving rise to the trio of hard-throwing Reds relievers being called the ‘Nasty Boys.’

For the Reds, it is just their third road opener since 1876.

 

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