Re: Joey Votto Presser: First reports
[QUOTE=Red in Atl;1902094]I hope all the stupid rumors will finally be halted. It's absolutely pathetic what people do to other people in the public eye. Is the Cincy community really that obtuse?
I find it quite sad, and it shows me why I lelt the strong need to leave soutwestern Ohio right after college. I'd rather close a door and open my mind, than sit around and see how I can belittle anyone.
I cant agree with your condemnation of Cincinnati. I also left when I graduated college, but decided to move back after 5 years living in other, more "open-minded" cities. And while you are right that Cincy is more conservative, traditional, and yes, close-minded in some matters, I dont think the city's response to the Joey Votto DL situation was "obtuse," at least relatively speaking.
In fact, I would venture to say that much of Cincinnati stood firmly behind Votto during his stint on the DL. Think about how much worse it could have been for him, and indeed WOULD HAVE been for him, in a bigger city. You think fans in NYC or Boston would have just idly sat by while ARod or Jason Bay recovered from "stress-related" mental injuries? Absolutely not! There would be riots in the streets.
I think Joey got the support he needed from Cincinnati. Of course there were some A-holes calling him a wimp, but that is to be expected ANYWHERE (even the "open-minded" cities you moved to after college). Sports fans are passionate about their teams and their players. The city of Cincinnati did right by Joey Votto during this affair. We are fortunate to have such a great player and man on the Reds. And he is fortunate to have the support of our city. Trust me, he would NOT have had the same support elsewhere.