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Greg Picks his top 5 favorite Reds.

Greg Dulli brings his Twilight Singers to the Southgate House in Newport on Tuesday.

Whoever routed the Twilight Singers’ current tour is in trouble with the boss man.

Greg Dulli brings his band to Southgate House Tuesday (24 E. Third, Newport; 859-431-2201; 9 p.m.; $12 advance, $15 day of show; ages 18-up). But he won’t be able to see his beloved Cincinnati Reds, who have the day off following Monday’s Opening Day game. Dulli’s definitely not happy about the scheduling quirk.

The solution, we agree, is obvious: The Reds should invite the former Afghan Whigs frontman and Hamilton native to sing the National Anthem at a future game.

The Twilight Singers are working on an album of covers titled She Loves You to be released this summer. But Dulli would rather talk about baseball. Here are his five favorite Reds players of all time in reverse order:

5. Frank Robinson – “He did it all – hit for power, hit for average, won the MVP – but they said he was an ‘old’ 30, so they traded him to Baltimore for Milt Pappas. And where is Milt Pappas? Robinson went on to win the Triple Crown.”

4. Pedro Borbon – “He’s the ’70s, baby. He was a reliever, and he was (expletive) crazy. Anytime there was a fight, the opposing team was in danger of being bit. He would bite your ear, he would bite your hat. . . . In an era of bland baseball, there were some players with personality, and he was certainly one.”

3. Barry Larkin – “Cincinnati boy. Saw him play at Moeller. I saw him play against Ohio State when he was at Michigan. I would drive up to Columbus to see him. No one should complain about his last big contract. Cincinnatians have got no (expletive) loyalty. It wasn’t that much, and he took a lot less to stay here. That’s called taking care of your own.”

2. Tony Perez – “He was probably the sweetest, warmest, most well-liked teammate on the Big Red Machine. The Big Doggie. Incredible first basemen. I went to Cooperstown to see Perez, Sparky (Anderson), and (Marty) Brennaman get inducted into the Hall of Fame. I went with (former Bogart’s manager) Dan Reed and (Twilight Singers road manager) Scott Haulter. That was a good time. We got drunk with Gaylord Perry.”

1. Joe Morgan – Best fielding second baseman I ever saw. Best hitting second baseman. Most instinctive base runner. That nervous tick he did with his elbow, I used to imitate that. I played second base because of Joe Morgan. I wore No. 8 because of Joe Morgan. He’s a clear-cut Hall of Famer, and one of the best baseball broadcasters I’ve ever heard.”

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