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#pounditThursday, June 1, 2023

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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