Bravo, Joey Votto

Joey Votto is the first baseman for the Cincinnati Reds. He been having a pretty good year, so he naturally made the NL All-Star Team. Good for him.

The normal procedure for this event has been to just smile and be all friendly-friendly towards everyone. But Votto decided do away with that bad tradition.

Votto refused to congratulate Chicago Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd on his performance — one that helped the National League claim home-field advantage in the World Series — because Votto’s temporary teammate comes from a despised division rival.

“I don’t like the Cubs,” Votto said. “And I’m not going to pat anybody with a Cubs uniform on the back. But because he made that really cool play, it turned out to be a really cool experience. I’m really glad we got the win today.”

I’m all for players being friendly towards each other whenever they damn well please. If Ortiz and Jeter want to chit-chat before a game, good for them. But I want them to be doing it because they want to do it, not because they feel obligated.

I’m glad Votto decided to put passion for his team above being extra friendly to a stranger. He was on the field, even if it was the All-Star field. Not only is his behavior acceptable in the given context, but it’s laudable.

That said, Cubs-Reds? Really? That’s the rivalry he thinks is important?

6 Responses

  1. Funny, if any one of the Red Soxs chit chatted with jeter I would feel betrayed.

  2. Ortiz is pretty buddy-buddy with just about everyone, it seems.

  3. Sigh, so it seems. As long as he keeps doing a decent job I’ll overlook what is really treason here in Red Sox Nation.

  4. They are all paid mercenaries. Few have loyalty to ‘their’ team. It is a business and it is their (usually short) livelihood.

  5. Really? You think a rivalry between sports teams is more important than being a decent person? It’s sports, at the end of the day it doesn’t matter. No, he doesn’t need to sit there and chit-chat but its really not out of his way to say “hey, nice job”, especially when the nice job benefited him. Personally, I love a good play no matter who makes it. For that matter, I especially love it when a rival does a good job because it pushes me to be even better. I want to win a hard contest against a skilled opponent, not stop on a weak one.
    No, I’m not for going out of your way to be nice to everyone no matter what. However, when playing on a team together or when it’s not out of your way, is a simple “good job” really too hard? I’m all for good natured ribbing about liking a particular sports team but it is unreasonable for them to be a wedge that prevents even an acknowledgement of a job well done.

  6. He should take it down a notch if he’s off the field, but on the field I favor being loyal to one’s team.

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