Joey Votto Explains Why He Doesn’t Give A Damn About ‘Canadian Baseball’
Joey Votto has spent his entire career with the Cincinnati Reds, and he may very well go down as one of the best Canadian baseball players of all-time. But he sounds like a man who couldn’t care less.
The Cincinnati Reds first baseman was recently a guest on a Yahoo Podcast and gave his thoughts on the health of the sport in his home and native land.
“I don’t care almost at all about Canadian baseball,” Votto said during an apeparance on the Yahoo! Sports MLB Podcast. “I wasn’t raised inside of Canadian baseball really … I’m coming up on half of my life being in the United States working and being supported by American baseball.”
Votto was born and raised in Toronto and started playing the game at the tender age of 8-years-old, right around the time the Toronto Blue Jays would win consecutive World Series titles. Still, he says he feels no connection with Canadian baseball and completely unfazed when Seattle Mariners pitcher John Paxton tossed a no-hitter against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre last week.
“As far as Toronto, and Canadian baseball, and the country of Canada, and (Paxton) being Canadian, I don’t care at all,” Votto clarified. “(Paxton), or the Jays, or Canada, in general, may disagree with that, but I really couldn’t give a rats ass about that.”
As far as this season goes, the Reds are 14-29 and in dead last in the National League Central.