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camisadelgolf
08-05-2010, 01:06 PM
Red Forman in the Sun Deck posted a great interview of Joey Votto from Cincinnati Magazine. I just thought I'd share it.
http://www.cincinnatimagazine.com/article.aspx?id=97056
Here's a quote:

I would say theyíd be lying to you if they said they werenít, because it proves efficiency. Batting average only means so muchóit means that youíre getting hits at this certain rate. Whereas on-base percentage proves youíre getting on at this rate, and slugging percentage shows how many total bases you are getting per number of at-bats. Now, I think itís a good idea not to be aware of it during the season, because statistics fluctuate up and down. You can have a good month or you can have a bad month. Skyrockets or plummets.

Cedric
08-05-2010, 01:09 PM
Red Forman in the Sun Deck posted a great interview of Joey Votto from Cincinnati Magazine. I just thought I'd share it.
http://www.cincinnatimagazine.com/article.aspx?id=97056
Here's a quote:

Joey Votto is now god of Redszone. We should call him Sir Joey Votto every time we post.

Redsfan320
08-05-2010, 01:19 PM
Great interview!

320

Hoosier Red
08-05-2010, 01:30 PM
Wow, what an awesome interview. I give the interviewer a lot of credit for asking a question about his father, than giving him the respect and room to 1)not answer directly about his father, but 2) to ask a follow up question which allowed Joey to show how he's learned and grown from the experience.

Really, a number of great questions and answers for Joey.

Homer Bailey
08-05-2010, 01:31 PM
And then you get a guy like Orlando [Cabrera]. People complained about that. He’s been outstanding. People don’t realize: you [have to] ignore the numbers sometimes. Orlando has done more for this team than anybody you can even quantify on paper. He has—having him has changed the atmosphere and the attitude in the clubhouse, and that doesn’t get enough credit in our game. Not at all. Statistics can only explain so much. But when Orlando makes a decision, on the field, on the bench, in the clubhouse, that can affect the game more than people realize. You can only get on base so much and drive in so many runs and create so many runs on the field, but if you do certain little things that help us win a ballgame, that’s as valuable as anything, and that’s what Orlando offers.

Joey Votto doesn't understand WAR.

yab1112
08-05-2010, 01:33 PM
That's a great interview. :thumbup:

BCubb2003
08-05-2010, 01:41 PM
Cincinnati’s made by the people. The people are friendly, enjoyable, and they’re not smothering. They just enjoy the team, enjoy the players. They’re very supportive. But they’re also...[he smiles] they’ll let you know.

OnBaseMachine
08-05-2010, 01:45 PM
Great interview.

RichRed
08-05-2010, 02:30 PM
Outstanding. There's just so much to like about this guy. Hope we never see him playing in another team's uniform.

Ghosts of 1990
08-05-2010, 02:36 PM
Nice find. I'm liking this kid more each day.

Nasty_Boy
08-05-2010, 03:22 PM
Trade him!!! He hops planes after games to fly across the country to watch an NBA game!!! He's not focused... It should be all Reds baseball all the time!!!

Oh my bad, that was only Dunn and Jr, :D

Great interview! Great Player! Votto for MVP!

Sea Ray
08-05-2010, 03:28 PM
Wow, what an awesome interview. I give the interviewer a lot of credit for asking a question about his father, than giving him the respect and room to 1)not answer directly about his father, but 2) to ask a follow up question which allowed Joey to show how he's learned and grown from the experience.

Really, a number of great questions and answers for Joey.

I feel just the opposite. Even in writing I can feel the awkwardness of it. There's nothing I need to know about losing his Dad. We all know he struggled with it and we all know he's not comfortable talking about it.

Dumb, dumb question

Phhhl
08-05-2010, 03:41 PM
I can't believe dude's reading Brothers Karamozov!

Chip R
08-05-2010, 03:48 PM
I can't believe the interviewer didn't ask him about his penchant for fancy coffee, manis & pedis and designer shirts.

Hoosier Red
08-05-2010, 03:52 PM
I feel just the opposite. Even in writing I can feel the awkwardness of it. There's nothing I need to know about losing his Dad. We all know he struggled with it and we all know he's not comfortable talking about it.

Dumb, dumb question

I'll grant that the specific question was schmaltzy and stupid. But it brought up a topic that was obviously a big part in establishing his character over the past few years. To ignore something that has been a big story when you can specifically ask the person about it would have been a poor effort in my opinion. Uncomfortable or not, it's a question that has to be asked.

I may not need to know about Joey losing his dad, but it's interesting to me how he has dealt with it, and how he has dealt with the issues that came up last year. It's a fine line between interesting in an exploitative type of way, and interesting in a deeper understanding type of way.

To ignore it would be like doing a feature Q and A about Josh Hamilton and not bringing up the past drug issues and how he's grown from them.

HeatherC1212
08-05-2010, 03:54 PM
Awesome, awesome interview. Thanks for posting it! :thumbup:

*makes mental note to buy magazine at store later tonight* :D

Sea Ray
08-05-2010, 04:28 PM
I may not need to know about Joey losing his dad, but it's interesting to me how he has dealt with it, and how he has dealt with the issues that came up last year. It's a fine line between interesting in an exploitative type of way, and interesting in a deeper understanding type of way.



OK, so do you now know how he dealt with it? Do you have answers to those questions?

He's a private person and I would respect that if I were ever interviewing him. How he deals with his family is not any of my business as a fan

Cedric
08-05-2010, 04:54 PM
OK, so do you now know how he dealt with it? Do you have answers to those questions?

He's a private person and I would respect that if I were ever interviewing him. How he deals with his family is not any of my business as a fan

I thought it was handled perfectly. I learned from the interview that he has a fine grasp on the bigger picture of life. Makes me happy to be a fan of the guy.

Hoosier Red
08-05-2010, 04:55 PM
OK, so do you now know how he dealt with it? Do you have answers to those questions?

He's a private person and I would respect that if I were ever interviewing him. How he deals with his family is not any of my business as a fan

No it's not, and again nothing was asked about the specifics. It's not like the interviewer asked if he was still seeking treatment or anything.(Or at least he didn't publish that question.) I went ahead and copied the specific question and answer into my post. The second part of the answer is revealing to me in how he has handled everything since he came back to the team. That's interesting to me but maybe not to you.

You said everything you wanted to last season?
Yeah. First of all, I donít owe anybody anything, but I donít think I need to explain myself anymore either. It is in the past. Itís a complicated situation that I did my best to explain. And itís not an ďItís over nowĒ situation. Itís just life. I go through stuff just like everybody else. Itís not gonna end just because I have a good game the following day, itís not gonna end just because I answered a question, itís not gonna end just because Iím back on the field. Playing poorly, playing well, winning, losingóit just doesnít work that way, and I think that everybody that has ever been through anything can relate to that. And thatís not a bad thing. Thatís just how life works. I would say itís probably a bad thing if I didnít go through anything, you know?

Blimpie
08-05-2010, 05:02 PM
Thanks for posting that!

fearofpopvol1
08-05-2010, 05:41 PM
And then you get a guy like Orlando [Cabrera]. People complained about that. He’s been outstanding. People don’t realize: you [have to] ignore the numbers sometimes. Orlando has done more for this team than anybody you can even quantify on paper. He has—having him has changed the atmosphere and the attitude in the clubhouse, and that doesn’t get enough credit in our game. Not at all. Statistics can only explain so much. But when Orlando makes a decision, on the field, on the bench, in the clubhouse, that can affect the game more than people realize. You can only get on base so much and drive in so many runs and create so many runs on the field, but if you do certain little things that help us win a ballgame, that’s as valuable as anything, and that’s what Orlando offers.

I did think this was a pretty interesting quote.

This was a fantastic read though. Thanks for posting.

Mario-Rijo
08-05-2010, 09:07 PM
I did think this was a pretty interesting quote.

This was a fantastic read though. Thanks for posting.

If Votto says it you might as well kiss the baby an put it to bed!

SMcGavin
08-06-2010, 12:01 AM
That was a great article. Votto is pretty much everything you want your favorite team's superstar to be.

gm
08-06-2010, 01:50 AM
That was a great article. Votto is pretty much everything you want your favorite team's superstar to be.

Except that he likes Kobe Bryant.

Bleah!

CTA513
08-06-2010, 02:02 AM
Trade him!!! He hops planes after games to fly across the country to watch an NBA game!!! He's not focused... It should be all Reds baseball all the time!!!

Oh my bad, that was only Dunn and Jr, :D

Great interview! Great Player! Votto for MVP!


Votto also plays video games which is a big no-no.


:D

Topcat
08-06-2010, 02:06 AM
Joeys a genuine sincere guy and I hope he has a long career with the Reds:thumbup:. The man makes me proud that I am Canadian and proud of the players this country is producing for MLB. Most of the Canadian players in MLB have strong work ethics and are humble. Qualitys that I admire and am proud to see them show case in the MLB.:D:beerme:

GAC
08-06-2010, 05:37 AM
Joey Votto doesn't understand WAR.

Does he have to?

RANDY IN INDY
08-06-2010, 08:50 AM
Nope.

Homer Bailey
08-06-2010, 11:21 AM
Does he have to?

It was a joke :cool:.

BCubb2003
08-06-2010, 02:37 PM
Say it ain't so, Joey ...

http://twitpic.com/2c5wj7

edabbs44
08-06-2010, 03:02 PM
I did think this was a pretty interesting quote.

This was a fantastic read though. Thanks for posting.

Surprised at the lack of mayhem that ensued after this quote was posted.

Brutus
08-06-2010, 03:05 PM
Surprised at the lack of mayhem that ensued after this quote was posted.

I was expecting that to blow the thread up to hundreds of posts.

Patrick Bateman
08-06-2010, 03:09 PM
Surprised at the lack of mayhem that ensued after this quote was posted.

Well, I mean, what is he supposed to say?

"O-Cab has a .640 OPS and has declining range, the whole team questions why he's ever in the line-up."

I assume nobody here is complaining because those are the typical things that players say.

Brutus
08-06-2010, 03:12 PM
Well, I mean, what is he supposed to say?

"O-Cab has a .640 OPS and has declining range, the whole team questions why he's ever in the line-up."

I assume nobody here is complaining because those are the typical things that players say.

He went out of his way to make that comment. He wasn't asked about Cabrera, he volunteered how much he meant to the team. I sincerely doubt he was just saying things that "players say."

CTA513
08-06-2010, 03:13 PM
Surprised at the lack of mayhem that ensued after this quote was posted.

It will now.

Cedric
08-06-2010, 03:15 PM
The last thing I care about is what players think about another players ability. Unless they are on different teams.

edabbs44
08-06-2010, 03:38 PM
The last thing I care about is what players think about another players ability. Unless they are on different teams.

If the general consensus on a team is that a certain player has been worth more Than the stats say, I'll usually take his word for it.

Brutus
08-06-2010, 03:38 PM
The last thing I care about is what players think about another players ability. Unless they are on different teams.

I would say a player's opinion of his teammate's contribution to the clubhouse and the lineup is extremely important--more than any outsider's. They're the ones that interact both on and off the field with said player everyday.

camisadelgolf
08-06-2010, 04:38 PM
I'm watching the game on TV in Chicago, and the Cubs broadcasters are driving me nuts about Votto. They refused to acknowledge that Votto was joking when he said he wouldn't congratulate Marlon Byrd in the All-Star Game, and they also said that Votto was furious and got ejected as a result of not making the All-Star Game initially. They're really trying to give Cubs fans as many reasons as possible to hate that guy. It's not like they need help with that, though, because I can already name three reasons for Cubs fans to hate him: .288/.360/.641

That's his career slash line against the Cubs.