Reds relievers reject reputation as 'Nasty Boys'


CINCINNATI -- Much ado has been made of the "Nasty Boys" in the Cincinnati Reds bullpen, but Rob Dibble, a key member of that group, doesn't buy the image.

"I really don't believe in that Nasty Boy theory," said Dibble afte -- his second consecutive scoreless appearance in the National League Championship Series.

"I might be one of them, but I have my own character. I neve even think about being a Nasty Boy. I go out there every day with the same intensity and think about Rob Dibble and contributing to the Reds."

Dibble said he has hit one batter all year and that was on a slide that got away, not a fastball.

"That's for the other team to believe that hype," he said. "If the want to believe we're intimidating and nasty, it's up to them to be worried about us."

Dibble and fellow crew member Randy Myers, who got the save pitched three scoreless innings yesterday to regain some luster for the bullpen.

Norm Charlton, the third party in the bullpen, was the loser of Game 1.

"I think it's more how we are perceived on the mound. We all throw hard and the way we approach the game is why we're considered nasty boys," said Myers. "But we're just normal guys off the field."

The Pirates aren't too impressed by the label.

"Nasty Boys, my ---," said Barry Bonds. "They're outstanding, but that was just a name given to them. They're the best-I've-seen bullpen, but as far as nasty goes, Nolan Ryan was nasty."

* Ken Griffey Sr., was voted a full share of playoff money by th Reds and said, "That's why I'm pulling for them to go all the way."

He still has a good relationship with ex-teammates who put his number 30 on their caps after the club asked him to retire.

Griffey, 40, playing with his son in Seattle, hit .377 for the Mariners, who have invited him back next season. He hasn't decided whether to play again.

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