Did you see the news where the Reds’ Joey Votto refused to pat Marlon Byrd on the back for his terrific, potentially game-saving defensive play in the 9th inning of the All-Star game Tuesday night?
“I don’t like the Cubs,” said Votto, the first baseman for the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds. “And I’m not going to pat anybody with a Cubs uniform on the back.”
Asked why he has such disdain for the Cubs, Votto said: “We are Cincinnati Reds. We’re taught to hate everything in the Central Division. That’s just how it is.”
First of all, I’m sure they are “taught to hate everything in the Central Division”, because the Reds’ current manager was unceremoniously dumped by the Cubs when he lost all control of his ballclub. Nah, that can’t have anything to do with it.
Second, who in the holy, everloving hell does Joey freaking Votto think he is? The All-Star game is usually bigger than team rivalries. Votto is a decent enough little ballplayer, but he ain’t Lou Gehrig. Defending your ballclub is one thing, but refusing to even congratulate a player who just may have helped your team get home-field advantage in the World Series is childish, petty bullshit. (and I should know)
Now, the question becomes, are Cubs marketing chief Wally Heyward and his staff capable of doing something to capitalize on this situation before the next time the Reds come into town on August 6, 7 & 8? C’mon, we all know the Cubs aren’t going to have much to play for in the second half and if Heyward has any idea whatsoever about his job, he will not rest until he comes up with a fun way for Cubs fans to mock this Joey Votto moron. Even if you can’t do a sponsored giveaway this quickly, make one of the games “Come as Your Favorite Idiot Day” or something….anything. This is Heyward’s chance to prove me wrong about him and seize a perfect opportunity to announce the new ownership’s presence with authority. (espn)