Sunday, June 23, 2002

Cinergy Moment No. 22 - May 2, 1988

By John Erardi,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Ron Robinson's nickname was “The True Creature.” The Reds' right-handed pitcher was so dubbed by manager Pete Rose, who no doubt based it upon something he had seen on television, in a movie or on a T-shirt. These were Rose's best sources of material for nicknames, and he had some good ones.

        Among them: Paul O'Neill was “Jethro” (after Jethro Bodine in the Beverly Hillbillies); Tom Browning was “Puggy” or “Otis” (after a character on the Andy Griffith show), Kurt Stillwell was “Opie,” also an Andy Griffith Show character, and Chris Sabo was “Spuds,” after Spuds MacKenzie, the dog on the Bud Light commercials.

        But on May 2, 1988, Robinson's nickname should have been “Nails,” because that is what he was as. He retired the first 26 Montreal Expos, and had a 2-2 count on the next (and what had to be the last) one for perfection, but pinch-hitter Wallace Johnson singled and Tim Raines homered. Reds reliever John Franco recorded the last out, as the Reds hung on to win 3-2.

        And here's the surprising thing: Robinson won only one more game that season, finishing 3-7.


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