Reds First Baseman Joey Votto Gets Furious With Fan… Then Makes Up For His Outburst
Oh, Steve Bartman.
Remember that name? That’s the poor diehard Cubbies fan who interfered with a routine flyball in 2003 at Wrigley Field in the playoffs, preventing outfielder Moisés Alou from recording a pivotal out. It’s one of the infamous moments in the modern history of baseball, and on Tuesday night, the Cincinnati Reds had their own (substantially less impactful) Bartman moment.
In the top of the 7th inning while down a run, Reds first baseman Joey Votto ran to his left to make a clean play on a foul ball and record the final out of the inning. Unfortunately, a Reds fans sitting in the first row got caught up in the excitement of the moment and also made a play on the ball.
Do not interfere with Joey Votto trying to catch a foul ball. He will get very angry with you.https://t.co/ZqnIZp2zCR
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Votto’s anger was visible after he was unable to cleanly field the ball, grabbing the fan’s shirt in disgust so as if to remind him that he’s a Reds fan.
He made up for his outburst, more or less; cameras captured the veteran first baseman signing a baseball for the fan, who he then approached later in the game to take a photo with and apologize to.
“Thanks for being so understanding,” wrote Votto on a signed baseball.
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Votto accepted the responsibility for his actions immediately following the game. He told reporters he was, “certainly regretful“:
“He was generous enough to apologize at the time and afterward. In retrospect, he’s not the one that should be apologizing. I should be apologizing. He’s just trying to catch a ball and here I am bullying him. In that instance, I don’t feel a responsibility to be some sort of example or anything like that. But I do feel like treating my fellow man with respect. I was in the wrong completely there. I was certainly regretful. He was forgiving and I would like to think all is good.”
No harm, no foul, foul ball.
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