January 23, 2011

Joey Votto in a Tux

This past weekend, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America held their annual gala to honor the best baseball players of the previous season. Joey Votto and Reds fan BubbaFan were there.

I’d never heard of this awards celebration, but then, that might be because the Reds have been out of the realm of “good” for so long, let alone this strange, uncharted territory of “great” that they seem to be flirting with. Votto was introduced to the black-tie optional crowd by Barry Larkin. Votto then stepped up to the podium.

“I’d especially like to thank [writer] Joe Strauss from St. Louis, who didn’t vote for me,” Votto quipped. “Guess who he voted for? As if Albert [Pujols] didn’t have enough MVP Awards already.”

Ah, Joey. How awesome you are.

BubbaFan was able to capture a few photos of Votto in his tuxedo. As someone who recently purchased his first tuxedo, Votto’s is nice-looking. I love that he’s wearing a bow-tie. It’s a touch big, though, and makes him look a bit like a boy at a wedding. Check out the rest of the photos over at RedReporter.

4 comments to “Joey Votto in a Tux”

  1. Amanda says:

    Dude, that is a serious tie. That is friggin’ *HUGE*. It’s like, half the height of his head. And is it hand-tied? That’s commitment.

  2. BubbaFan says:

    The bowtie was huge. And with a subtle herringbone pattern, like his tux.

    I suspect his girlfriend dressed him. 🙂

  3. Amanda says:

    There was a girlfriend involved? Like, a real girlfriend as evidenced by PDAs, or female companion adding a little extra bling to the already well-adorned tux? Were there pictures? Was she cute?

    BubbaFan, the people want to know!

  4. BubbaFan says:

    Joey’s girlfriend was there, sitting at the Reds table with Walt, some other Reds staffers, and Joey’s mom and three brothers.

    The players’ families didn’t really get to hang out with them during the dinner. Joey and other honorees were sitting up in front on a dais, while the families were at tables like us plebes. Only they were all up front. (However, during his speech, Joey did thank his girlfriend for her constant support.)

    Sorry, I didn’t take any photos of her. I’m not really comfortable photographing the players’ families (unless they make it clear it’s welcome).

    I did almost ask Mrs. Josh Hamilton if I could take her picture. She looked positively stunning in a red ballgown.