Joey Votto Misses Point of All-Star Game

Here at LBS, we were pretty impressed with Marlon Byrd‘s heads-up play that helped the National League win its first MLB All-Star Game in 14 tries. In theory, the play was beneficial for every NL player in that it helped lock up home field advantage for their league in the World Series. Everyone was thankful Byrd made the play, right? Nope.

Joey Votto refused to congratulate Byrd because he dislikes him and his division rival — if you can even call them that — the Chicago Cubs. Talk about classless. Here’s proof that Joey Votto doesn’t like Marlon Byrd, courtesy of Big League Stew via ESPN Chicago:

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.”

We get it, Joey. You’re “Mr. Cincinnati Red.” You’re the most dedicated player on either All-Star roster. Yankees and Red Sox can get along for an evening and share a few laughs, but you aren’t going to put on any type of act. Maybe fans should have left him off of their final vote ballots because he obviously missed the point of what it means to be selected as an All-Star. Here’s hoping no one forces you to attend to the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, Captain No Fun.

Reds’ Votto dislikes Cubs, disses All-Star teammate Byrd [Big League Stew]
Byrd helps NL with bat, glove [ESPN Chicago]

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  • Jeff J

    What a putz. What will Votto do if he ever gets traded to the Cubs? :)

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I don’t mind it too much. I think it’s rare we find athletes that have the same type of passion and dedication as the fans of the team and I like it.

  • GBlair

    I don’t understand what all the complaining is about. Joey is intense and he’s leading his team through a very competitive season. He’s taking a stance. You’ve all heard the stories about football players who force themselves to hate the opposition. So why can’t a baseball player take that approach. The Reds and Cubs are rivals. Just like the Yankess and the Red Sox. I gaurantee that if a Red Sox fan saw Big Papi having fun with Jeter, there were comments made about him lowering himself to speak to a Yankee. Then again, as Jeter walked away from the conversation, he probably had a few words go through his mind or even slightly cross his lips that weren’t favorable about the Home Run Derby Champ.

    So Joey’s being upfront. He’s being a stand up guy. He’s not trying to make his competitor feel comfortable around him. The NHL all star game isn’t full of hugs and kisses. The Pro Bowl may be, but try having that event in the middle of the season, just before the push towards the playoffs. Thank God Joey didn’t round third in a tight game situation and take out the catcher to save the NL win. Then his competitive nature would really be exploited. But then again, it wouldn’ve been a “cool play” to save the win for the NL.