I’m sure growing up in Canada, Joey Votto was told many times not to play with bears, but what he did to Marlon Byrd after the All-Star game took that advice a little too far.
Despite playing for a team with no playoff aspirations, Marlon Byrd had a huge role in helping the NL gain home field advantage for this year’s World Series with key walk in the 7th and, of course, his force out of Big Papi in the 9th. I think it’s safe to say that there were no shortage of high fives coming his way from the rest of his teammates after his game. Well, actually he was short one high five, from Reds slugger Joey Votto. Here’s what the incredibly mature Votto had to say:
“I don’t like the Cubs. And I’m not going to pat anyone with a Cubs uniform on the back. But because he made a really cool play, it turned out to be a cool experience. I’m really glad we got the win today.”
That makes a whole lot of sense. . . . for a 5 year old, who’s whose family was killed by the Chicago Cubs or something. But from someone who was Byrd’s All-Star game teammate? I know “this time it counts,” but that’s a little over the top, if you ask me. Did he think he’d get leprosy?
I guess he didn’t realize that because of Byrd, the first place Reds would start the World Series at home, should they make it that far. And since when did the Cubs and Reds become such big rivals anyway? If they weren’t, they may be now and it will be interesting to see the reception that Votto gets with the Reds travel to Wrigley August 6-8.