If you haven’t seen it yet, C. Trent Rosecrans has a great story on Joey Votto that was published today. It’s a must-read if you, like every intelligent human being, are a fan of Joseph Daniel Votto:
Leon Roberts had a standard list of questions he liked to ask young players when he was the roving hitting instructor for the Reds. It was the early 2000s, the tail end of baseballÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s steroid era, and the answers unsurprisingly reflected the times.
Who do you think about when youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re hitting? Ã¢â‚¬Å“Barry Bonds,Ã¢â‚¬Â theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d say. Who is your favorite hitter? Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mark McGwire.Ã¢â‚¬Â What type of hitter do you want to be? Ã¢â‚¬Å“A slugger, like Sammy Sosa.Ã¢â‚¬Â
But one player, an 18-year-old catcher, surprised Roberts with a different reply. It was 2002 and that player was Joey Votto.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The first thing he brings up is Ted Williams, who is one of my heroes and someone I studied and had talked to a couple of times,Ã¢â‚¬Â Roberts recalled. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I thought, this kid has a pretty good base to start with if heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got Ted Williams at the top of his list.Ã¢â‚¬Â
I don’t have anything to add; just wanted to make sure the Nation didn’t miss this. There’s much, much more, and it’s certainly worth your time today. Read the entire thing here. Good work, Trent.