Informal poll: Votto’s allegiance


The AP had a quick notebook type piece Monday about how thrilled Joey Votto was that Canada won gold in men’s hockey.

Included were the following quotes:

“I was a hockey fan yesterday,” said Votto, who lives in Brampton, Ontario. “I watched it all. My heart sank when the USA team scored with 25 seconds left, but Sidney made it up to the nation. The right person scored the goal.”

“It was great to see him come back to win it,” Votto said. “Don’t forget the women won the gold, too. It makes me proud.”

Of course, we knew he was Canadian, and we know how Canadians are about hockey. But I also know how salty I was after Team USA lost that game, especially after the THRILL of watching them tie the game in improbable fashion with 24 seconds left.

So, that being said, can you forgive Joey Votto – who has established himself as the Reds’ most consistent hitter and arguably the OMGReds staff’s second favorite Red (to Sam LeCure) – for reveling in Team USA’s heartbreaking men’s hockey loss to Canada? …

a) sorry, I can’t … trade him for prospects

b) sorry, I can’t … trade him to Toronto for Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Roenicke

b) if he hits .330 this season

c) if he hits .380 this season

d) if he announces he’s taking one for the team and learning how to play left field so we can add Yonder Alonso at 1B as soon as he’s ready

e) of course, get over it, it’s hockey … since when do we care?

f) of course, get over it, it’s the Winter Olympics … since when do we care?

8 Comments

  1. KateNo Gravatar

    e.) of course, get over it, it’s hockey….since when do we care?
    It’s not baseball and it’s not the Reds playing! I think Joey is proud of his home country and that’s great. I’d do the same thing in his position….but my position has left me bummed about the USA losing. All that matters is he’s ready to go for baseball season. Go Reds!!

  2. DaveNo Gravatar

    Kate:

    I wrote the thing tongue-in-cheek, but your comment makes me look like a Canada-hating ass :D Kidding … hope you know I was just goofing on Joey though … I agree … good for him for being proud!

  3. DanNo Gravatar

    Hockey is one thing… but I was rooting for Canada when I was at the World Baseball Classic. Couldn’t help it.

    Anyone out there have a Votto Canadian National baseball jersey out there? Still would love to get one of those. Yeah… I’m weird.

  4. DanNo Gravatar

    Oh, and I choose: c) if he hits .380 this season

    Just ’cause.

  5. Bay Rat North WestNo Gravatar

    d) if he announces he’s taking one for the team and learning how to play left field so we can add Yonder Alonso at 1B as soon as he’s ready

  6. Fay Vegas AlanNo Gravatar

    D and E and F but mostly E.

    But .380 sounds nice too.

    Let’s rock the circle bacon.

  7. JTNo Gravatar

    The correct answer is e & f.

  8. TylerNo Gravatar

    e) of course, get over it, it’s hockey … since when do we care?
    Don’t get me wrong, I love hockey, and even more so I love America. But Joey is a baseball player, and more importantly, he’s the best player on our team. It doesn’t matter who he supports in the Olympics, as long as he plays hard for the Reds, or whatever team he may be on. Then again, I’m not one to judge baseball players for their allegiance, and though my heart broke the day I found our Barry Larkin went to UM, I will never stop loving him any less. Let Votto root for whoever he wants outside of baseball.

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