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Joey Votto pays tribute to late Tony Fernandez with note on hat

Joey Votto

Joey Votto paid tribute to the late Tony Fernandez with a message written on his hat at Spring Training Wednesday.

Votto, who is from Toronto, was a Blue Jays fan growing up. On his hat, he wrote a message that said: “RIP Tony – My Dad and I loved you.”

Fernandez played 12 of his 17 MLB seasons with Toronto, winning the 1993 World Series with them.

“My condolences to his family,” Votto said, via “My father and I would watch the Blue Jays play. My father and I liked Devon White, but Tony was this slick guy, a guy who had this great personality and hitting style that was just so distinct. He had a style of defense that was also distinct. It was such a treat. Everybody seemed to like him.

“It’s sad that he passed away. I just wanted to show my appreciation and let Toronto know I was raised watching him, loving him and supporting that team. You’re not close to these people but you feel close to them in some way. It’s certainly sad.”

That’s a very respectful and thoughtful gesture from Votto.

Fernandez died on Saturday night at the age of 57 due to complications from kidney disease.


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