Joey Votto

Even though he was out with an injury, Reds first baseman Joey Votto was a popular figure at Great American Ball Park as his club played the Red Sox on Wednesday. Votto wandered the stadium’s concourses and seats throughout the opening three innings. Up in the upper deck behind home plate in the first inning, Votto sat with a fan and chatted while wearing the No. 11 jersey of legendary Reds player and Hall of Famer Barry Larkin.

Soon, Votto was making his way down the aisle of the upper deck, pausing frequently to pose for selfies, chat with kids, and shake hands with supporters. A while later, Votto began to appear in various parts of the seating bowl.

When Reds right fielder Aristides Aquino saw Votto yelling at him from the lower right field seats, he waved back. He waved at the Reds’ bullpen from the stands above center field.

Votto’s trip around GABP with Larkin and Reds broadcaster John Sadak on play-by-play culminated in the booth. Votto’s season ended on August 19 because he had surgery on his left shoulder, but he has been working as a TV analyst for Bally Sports Ohio for some home games since then.

Votto, before the game, sporting the jersey of an opposing team’s Hall of Famer. The Reds’ community service award recipient, the 39-year-old wore a No. 21 Clemente Pirates jersey as he got his award from manager David Bell and general manager Nick Krall before the game.

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Career

At the end of the third inning against the Chicago Cubs, Votto blasted his 300th career home run, which proved to be the game-winning hit.  As reported by MLB.com, Votto was tossed from a game on June 19 after challenging a checked swing third strike call.

The Reds’ coaching staff had to hold him back during the argument, and he was eventually suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount. Following an appeal, the player’s suspension was reduced from two games to one. Votto was suspended for the June 22 game against the Minnesota Twins, which he played in.

Votto hit his 1,000th career RBI for the Reds on June 30 after a home run off San Diego Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove. He has reached the milestone of one thousand runs batted in for his career, joining an elite group of only five other Reds players. Votto homered on July 30 against the New York Mets, making it his seventh consecutive game with a homer and tying the club record for most games with a homer.

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Even though Votto’s streak ended the next night when he failed to hit a home run, making him the oldest player to hit nine home runs in seven games, he fell one shy of tying the league record for most consecutive games with a home run. In July of 2021, he was recognized as the National League’s Player of the Month. Votto hit his 2,000th career base hit on August 16 against Michael Rucker, a relief pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.

 

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