March 5, 2013

In Brief: Votto to play in WBC

Last Game
The Reds’ spring training record dropped to 2-10 yesterday with the 2-7 loss to the Diamondbacks. Johnny Cueto was solid in his start, but the offense is busy at the World Baseball Classic. 24 Reds took the field yesterday, and I could only match 9 of those names to faces.

Next Game
Today the Reds head to Tempe Diablo Stadium to take on the Angels at 3:05 p.m. It ought to be quite a show, what with Aroldis Chapman planned to appear and all those sluggers on the Angels’ roster.

Once on second, Joey Votto put on a knee brace.

Glad as I am to have the chance to admire Joey’s calves, we don’t need to be going back to the knee brace.

Votto to play in WBC, eh
Joey Votto has announced that he will play for the Canadian team in the World Baseball Classic this year. He waited until the very last minute to make the call to test out that surgically repaired knee, but apparently it’s back to Votto-matic-ness because he’s in.

Quote of quoting Votto:

“I look forward to playing for the team,” Votto said. “I look forward to being a part of the tournament. I had a great time the last time. I’m very grateful I’m on the team. It’s not very often you get to represent your country in a big tournament like this. I never got to play in the Olympics, this is the next best thing.”

Sounds like the team brass was supportive of this decision, and they couldn’t have done anything about it if they weren’t, but if Votto gets injured, we may have no choice but to declare war on Canada.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Joey Votto is the only player on the Reds’ 40-man roster who was born in the year 1983.

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