Our hero, tossing a ball with a young Pirates fan before yesterday’s game. Come on man.

20 Responses

  1. Frogger

    Agree with the C. Sends the right message. Don’t put much stock in this being other than a PR move. It would be nice if this type of thing happened regularly.

    • David

      He’s been seen doing this sort of thing before. I will say one thing, I have utmost respect for what Votto said in the interview. He wants to be held accountable. That is more than we can say for his manager…..

      • David

        Steve you said it better than I could of. And yea, to have no consequences, that is surprising.

  2. Chris Schlatter

    Man, this is how you win fans for life. That kid will probably never forget that he was able to play catch with Joey Votto. I don’t care what team you root for, if a player did that, I’d become a fan.

    • Tom Reed

      Yes, there’s nothing like the common touch. I remember on a family trip to Pittsburgh we met Ted Kluszewski, Wally Post and Gus Bell walking near Forbes Field. We had not gone to the game. They stopped and pasted the time of day. I’ve never forgotten it.

      • JB WV

        I was a little kid with an old box camera taking pictures of players outside Crosley. I asked Wayne Granger if he would let me take his photo. He stood there patiently with a smile frozen on his face while I focused. This girl started to walk between us and he said, “Hey, get out of the way. This little boy is taking my picture.” Obviously I’ve never forgotten it. It still seems strange to me that some players want to get paid for their autographs.

  3. mwvohio

    Man to be that kid. Would have meant the world to be able to play catch with Larkin or Davis when I was young enough to warrant such attention. Great to see and I don’t even mean that due to it being Votto. My hat’s off to all the MLB guys who go out of their way to reach out to fans and remember that in the end they’re playing a game we all share.

    • mwvohio

      Yep, I love stuff like that.. Todd’s thing a couple years ago and Marty’s haircut. I love all the personalized charity and outreach things the Reds (and MLB in general) do. I’m sure I’m biased because baseball is my favorite but I feel like I see more of that from MLB than I do other sports. Could just be that baseball has a longer/more active season than most sports so I see it more.

  4. ManuelT

    Yes, when he does react to calls, you can be sure that it was a bad one.

  5. IndyRedMan

    I love sports but I couldn’t root for teams with my daughter like the Patriots or Florida State or Bengals (sorry) or whoever that constantly skirt the rules of the game or worse. I refuse to convict Pete Rose because everyone in mlb should be forced to bet on their own team imo.

    My Reds and my Indianapolis Colts….win or lose….have consistently put good guys on the field and guys that you can be proud of….Joey Votto being a great example!! He doesn’t have his own hospital like Peyton Manning yet but give him time!!

    • IndyRedMan

      Forgot about Alfredo Simon??? You can’t win’em all

    • mwvohio

      Not sure I understand the comment about the Bengals. Sure, once upon a time they had some rather unsavory characters in their midst but those days are pretty much done unless you want to count “rough” characters like Burfict. Dalton for example is a fantastic person anyone can look up to. So is Whitworth and many, many more on the current roster. Management in general has improved the team purposefully in that regard the last 5+ years.

      To each their own though I suppose.

      • mwvohio

        Leah Still, yeah. Dalton and his wife (along with Whit and a bunch of others) run their own charities and things too. The team character has changed a whole lot in the last 5 or so years.

    • aceistheplace2

      What was wrong with Florida State? Please don’t even start with Winston either.

  6. mad at walt

    Has every one seen the petition to sign to send Gregg to AAA please sign

    • ManuelT

      As mad as I’ve gotten about us even having Gregg on the roster, I still feel a bit sorry for him being singled out this way. His continued bad play would have done him in sooner or later (if you’re the Reds).

  7. User1022

    BP should just suck it up and get used to being in Votto’s shadow. That’s the reality of the situation.

    Although I do question if/why having a captain is needed on this team. It’s not like other players are going to suddenly respect Votto more if he has a “C” stitched on his shirt.