Might 16 () — Cincinnati Reds star and Canada native Joey Votto apologized Wednesday for unfavorable feedback he made about Canadian baseball.
The five-time All-Star was a visitor on a Yahoo Sports activities podcast Tuesday when he made the feedback. Votto was requested about fellow Canadian James Paxton throwing a no-hitter towards the Toronto Blue Jays on Might eight at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
“I do not care virtually in any respect about Canadian baseball,” Votto stated on the podcast. “I wasn’t raised within Canadian baseball actually … I am developing on half of my life being in the USA working and being supported by American baseball.”
Votto later repeated that he did not “care in any respect” about the truth that the Seattle Mariners pitcher threw the no-no on Canadian soil.
“So far as Toronto, and Canadian baseball, and the nation of Canada, and [Paxton] being Canadian, I do not care in any respect,” Votto stated. “[Paxton], or the Jays, or Canada, generally, might disagree with that, however I actually could not give a rats [expletive] about that.”
The 2010 Nationwide League MVP walked again the feedback with a submit on the Canadian Baseball Community web site.
“I used to be requested just lately about James Paxton and his no-hitter on Canadian soil. I’m not certain how I might have been so ridiculously egocentric and short-sighted in my reply,” Votto wrote.
Votto stated the query took him again to the occasions when he had resentment for not making Workforce Canada in highschool, not being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays out of highschool and never being picked for the Olympic group whereas within the minor leagues.
He stated the feedback got here out of a aspect of jealousy for Paxton being celebrated in Toronto.
“It was an odd reply and one I’m terribly ashamed of,” Votto wrote.
Votto has gained the Lou Marsh Award for Canada’s Athlete of the Yr twice. He has additionally gained the Tip O’Neil award seven occasions. That award is given to a Canadian-born participant yearly by the Canadian Baseball Corridor of Fame.
“As I write this I’m saddened that I used to be so flagrant with my remarks and extra importantly that I offended so many individuals that imply a lot to me,” Votto wrote.
“I might not be the place I’m now with out the efforts of so many Canadian baseball individuals and the followers of Canadian baseball.”
“To James Paxton, the Blue Jays, the Toronto followers, the men and women all throughout Canada that work so laborious to advertise and assist Canadian baseball, I’m sorry for my egocentric feedback and I humbly ask to your forgiveness.”
Votto, 34, went to Richview Collegiate Institute in Toronto, earlier than being chosen by the Reds within the second spherical of the 2002 MLB June Beginner Draft. He has spent his total 12-year Main League Baseball tenure in Cincinnati.