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Plus Plus
04-19-2012, 11:58 AM
http://aol.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2012-04-18/joey-votto-cincinnati-reds-nl-mvp-first-base-spanish


"He really wants to learn and that really means a lot," says teammate Wilson Valdez, who hails from the Dominican Republic. "When some players come to the States, they don't know any English. He feels kind of sad about it. He likes to talk to (Aroldis) Chapman, but he doesn't speak English. That's one of the reasons he's learning Spanish."

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Votto isn't the first North American in the Reds' family to learn Spanish. Hall of Famer Barry Larkin grew up in Cincinnati but learned the language so he could get along better with all of his teammates. And as Votto says about Larkin, "He's a good guy to emulate."

...and I thought that no Reds news would bring a smile to my face with how they have been playing recently.

Votto for captain! :thumbup: Displays of leadership and empathy towards teammates are often overlooked, and I am glad to see that our own JV is going out of his way to help connect to all 25 players in the clubhouse.

lollipopcurve
04-19-2012, 12:03 PM
"He really wants to learn and that really means a lot," says teammate Wilson Valdez, who hails from the Dominican Republic. "When some players come to the States, they don't know any English. He feels kind of sad about it. He likes to talk to (Aroldis) Chapman, but he doesn't speak English. That's one of the reasons he's learning Spanish."

Great stuff. Very impressed by Votto the person. This kind of thing means a lot on a team.

HeatherC1212
04-19-2012, 12:40 PM
Thanks for posting this article. I love that he's fluent in French and agree that knowing another language well helps when trying to learn a different one (I also speak French, not that great but I know it ;), and find learning Spanish words a little easier). I'm really glad Joey is going to be a Red for a long time. :)

oneupper
04-19-2012, 12:41 PM
Good thing he already speaks Canadian. :D

Blimpie
04-19-2012, 02:04 PM
http://mytornadoalley.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/bob-and-doug-mackenzie.jpg

jojo
04-19-2012, 09:25 PM
It also helps that being from Canada, Votto was already bilingual.

Yachtzee
04-20-2012, 02:28 AM
It also helps that being from Canada, Votto was already bilingual.

Hoser and Hoser French?

Yachtzee
04-20-2012, 02:29 AM
Votto for captain! :thumbup: Displays of leadership and empathy towards teammates are often overlooked, and I am glad to see that our own JV is going out of his way to help connect to all 25 players in the clubhouse.

They could give him his own concession stand, serving Canadian Beer, doughnuts and poutine!

cincinnati chili
04-20-2012, 02:56 AM
Hoser and Hoser French?

you stole my line. I was going to ask how to say, "Take off, hoser" in Spanish.

Tom Servo
04-20-2012, 03:07 AM
http://redlegnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/vottosombrero.jpg

Raisor
04-20-2012, 08:51 AM
Tom Servo wins the internet today! By the way, how is Mike Nelson and Crow?

Yachtzee
04-24-2012, 01:59 AM
you stole my line. I was going to ask how to say, "Take off, hoser" in Spanish.

"Salga de aqui, joser!"

RANDY IN INDY
04-25-2012, 10:26 PM
Well, that was productive. Sheesh.

kaldaniels
05-11-2012, 11:24 AM
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