The Joey Votto legend grows

Reds first baseman Joey Votto is hitting .274 with six home runs and 19 RBIs this season. (Reuters)

Reds first baseman Joey Votto is hitting .274 with six home runs and 19 RBIs this season. (Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:27 PM ET

TORONTO - Every now and then a new Joey Votto story pops up.

One we've never heard.

Like the other night at Millbrook Park in Etobicoke during a minor peewee game ... the same diamond Votto played at the same age.

Do you know who Joey Votto is?

“He’s the first baseman for the Cincinnati Reds,” answered Iliyan Bhanji, of the visiting Mississauga Southwest Twins. “And he’s really, really good.”

Etobicoke Rangers winning pitcher Cooper Wilson, teammates Andrew Forrest, Matteo Forgione, and Lucas Ben all know who Votto is. Although Ben, a grade 6 student/baseball historian, also knows who Walter Johnson, Honus Wagner and Christy Mathewson are too.

Coach Naeem Siddiq, who learned from Etobicoke legends Nick Rico and Bob Smyth, has the Votto story we’d never heard and it reveals a lot about Canada’s highest-paid athlete ... just in time for the Blue Jays weekend visit to the Cincinnati to play Votto and the Reds at the Great American Ballpark.


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