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