March 4, 2013
Votto comes to Canada's baseball rescue
By Bob Elliott, Toronto Sun

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker calls Joey Votto (pictured) a 'national treasure' as far as Canadian baseball goes. (Reuters/Files)

As a country, Canada has some sights to see.

Like Banff National Park, Niagara Falls, the CN Tower, the Parliament buildings, Old Montreal and the Cabot Trail to name a few.

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker knows of another attraction.

“He’s the top man in Canada as far as baseball, he’s a national treasure when it comes to what he means for his country,” Baker told reporters after Reds first baseman Joey Votto decided to play in the third World Baseball Classic, which begins Friday.

“You always want to be able to go home,” said Baker. “A lot of the guys on the Canadian team backed out on their country. Joey is there for his country.”

Votto had two knee surgeries last season and Canada’s highest-paid athlete wanted to wait until the last moment before committing to play.



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