Bruce Levine’s Chicago Cubs blog for ESPN Chicago examines Marlon Byrd’s significant role in the National League’s 3-1 win in the All-Star Game – their first since 1996. Included is this gem at the end of the post …
Not every National League All-Star was firmly in Byrd’s corner after the victory. Cincinnati’s Joey Votto had a different take on Byrd’s performance.
“I don’t like the Cubs,” Votto said. “And I’m not going to pat anybody with a Cubs uniform on the back. But because he made that really cool play, it turned out to be a really cool experience. I’m really glad we got the win today.”
With the Reds in first place at the break, the irony would be that Byrd’s at-bat and great throw may help Votto and his team end up with home-field advantage if Cincinnati makes it to the World Series.
It seems like Votto just comes up with new reasons everyday for us to like him. That is such a money quote.
A friend of ours (whose identity we’ll protect) had the following Facebook comment earlier that caught my attention …
did you notice who scored all three runs….. Red, Cardinal, Cub Go NL Central
Couldn’t disagree more (with all due respect). I can’t stand the rest of the NL Central. I dislike the Cardinals, Astros, Brewers, Cubs and Pirates much more than I dislike the Yankees, Braves or any other team. It’s along the same lines as SEC fans who root for other teams in the SEC when they’re not facing them. Never understood that.