Cincinnati Reds all-star Joey Votto has penned an apology after saying in a podcast on Tuesday that he does not care about Canada, Canadian baseball or his hometown of Toronto.
Votto, who performed for Canada on the 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classics and received the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s athlete of the 12 months in 2010 and 2017, distanced himself from his residence nation in an interview with Yahoo Sports activities’ Main League Baseball podcast.
“I do not care nearly in any respect about Canadian baseball,” stated Votto, who was additionally the Nationwide League MVP in 2010. “I wasn’t raised within Canadian baseball actually. I am developing on half of my life being in the US working and being supported by American baseball.”
However in an e mail posted on the Canadian Baseball Community web site after the Reds misplaced 5-Three to the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night time, Votto stated he’s “terribly ashamed” of his feedback and known as them “ridiculously egocentric and short-sighted.”
Votto added: “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’s preliminary feedback got here after he was requested about James Paxton of Ladner, B.C., throwing his latest no-hitter for the Seattle Mariners towards the Blue Jays in Toronto, turning into the primary Canadian in MLB historical past to take action on residence soil.
“So far as Toronto, and Canadian baseball, and the nation of Canada, and [James Paxton] being Canadian, I do not care in any respect,” stated Votto. “[Paxton], or the Jays, or Canada, typically, could disagree with that, however I actually could not give a rat’s ass about that.”
Votto did make clear within the podcast that he was completely satisfied for Paxton as a baseball participant, however not as a fellow Canadian.
‘Aspect of jealousy’
In his apology, Votto stated being requested about baseball in Canada, the Blue Jays and the Paxton no-hitter recalled his resentment for not making Crew Canada or being drafted by the Blue Jays out of highschool, and never being picked for the Olympic crew whereas within the minors.
“Clearly my reply got here out of a aspect of jealousy for a Canadian baseball athlete being celebrated within the metropolis of Toronto. It was an odd reply and one I’m terribly ashamed of,” he wrote.
“I am going again to Toronto every low season and really feel renewed each time I cross the border to my residence and place of origin. 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 on your forgiveness.”