Do not count on Cincinnati Reds all-star Joey Votto to swimsuit up for Canada once more.
Votto, who was born and raised in Toronto, represented 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. Nonetheless he distanced himself from his residence nation in a prolonged interview with Yahoo! Sports activities Main League Baseball podcast on Tuesday.
“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.”
He was additionally requested for his opinion on James Paxton of Ladner, B.C., throwing a no-hitter for the Seattle Mariners in opposition to the Blue Jays in Toronto, turning into the primary Canadian in MLB historical past to have a no-no 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, might disagree with that, however I actually could not give a rat’s ass about that.”
Votto went on to make clear that he was pleased for Paxton as a baseball participant, however not as a fellow Canadian.