More from Mark Sheldon:

Joey Votto played his first home game since returning from the DL and revealing his personal issues. What was the reception like for Votto when he batted in the bottom of the first? — a polite applause just like it was any other at-bat.

I really thought there would be more than that — especially with all of the interest about the reasons behind his absence during the 22 games he was away. Were people more interested in the intrigue, false rumors and inneuendo (sic) than the actual truth about why Votto was out? The truth, I thought, was pretty compelling and it was courageous for Votto to share.

Guess most fans just weren’t that impressed. Too bad.

Too bad, indeed.