The 37-year-old didn’t take part in the Reds’ four-game sweep of St. Louis this past weekend. Votto has been out with a fractured thumb, but that hasn’t stopped him from enjoying his team’s recent form. He opened up about the sweep of Cincinnati’s NL Central rivals, and didn’t hold anything back in the outspoken interview. He admitted that it felt great to get revenge on the Cardinals after they swept the Reds earlier in the season.
“We had some s***-talking mother f***ers in St. Louis after their first series sweep,” Joey Votto told reporters Tuesday. “It’s kinda nice to go on the road at their road ballpark and let ’em have it.”
“We had some people sweeping brooms and s*** like that while we were leaving. So, how’d you like that? How’d you like that?” he added.
For those that don’t realize, there is bad blood and history between the two baseball franchises. There’s no love lost between the two division rivals. Most recently, the two teams almost came to blows in April when the clubs played. The benches cleared when Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina pushed Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos after he scored a run and got in pitcher Jake Woodford’s face.
With the Reds hosting the Cardinals again next month, there’s sure to be further fireworks soon.
Joey Votto Nears Return After Sitting Out Since May 5
On May 5, Joey Votto fractured his left thumb while playing against the Chicago White Sox. Since then, he’s rehabbed his thumb and in the last week, he played six games with Cincy’s Triple-A affiliate in Louisville.
The first baseman was hoping to return for the last game of the series against the Cardinals on Sunday. However, he hasn’t completed nine innings yet for the Lousiville Bats. Even though he often terrorizes St. Louis – .304 career batting average with a .932 OPS against them – he wisely decided to err on the side of caution.
“I felt like I could play, so I don’t know how much longer that I could have stayed down there to come back here,” Joey Votto said, according to MLB.com. “I wanted to join the guys. I wanted to come on Sunday, but wisely, I needed a nine-inning game. How could you not want to join a four-game sweep on the road?”
Today, the Reds activated Votto off of the 10-day injured list, which gets him one step closer to game time. He’ll be rejoining a Cincinnati team that has won seven of its last 10 games. Yet the team still has a lot of catching up to do to gain ground on the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers. The Reds still trail behind by four games even after their recent win streak.