What a night for baseball’s second-greatest Scooter – Los Angeles Times

The best part of the record night: his nickname.

Scooter.

A hearty round of congratulations to Scooter Gennett of the Cincinnati Reds, who tied a major league record by hitting four home runs on Tuesday. He was his own big Red machine, a Cincinnati kid who did it for his hometown team.

And he did it with a nickname that comes from a precious story. As he explained to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2013, his mother dragged him to the police station when he was 5 to learn why it was important to wear a seat belt. He figured he needed an alias, so he used the name of a favorite Muppets character.

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