Votto a worthy pick for male athlete of year? Tue, December 21, 2010
By DAVE POLLARD, QMI Agency
No one can truly know the strength of the demons Joey Votto had to battle in the summer of 2009.
Dealing with depression, an angry and debilitating disease, and overwhelming anxiety issues, the Cincinnati Reds first baseman was forced to temporarily step away from baseball to put his life, which was spinning out of control, back together.
Brought on by the death of his father the year previous, the experience, Votto has said in the past, was "totally overwhelming" and threatened to derail his career.
So no one would have been surprised if Votto's upward trajectory with the Reds -- his progression from big-league prospect to budding superstar -- had plateaued in 2010.
But, incredibly, one season removed from what was likely the hardest-fought battle of his life, the 27-year-old Toronto native instead launched himself through the baseball stratosphere.
Votto's MVP performance, particularly coming on the heels of an illness that has shattered the lives of countless people, earned him enough votes to edge out Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews, who doubled up as Olympic and Stanley Cup champ, as the QMI Agency Canadian male athlete of the year for 2010.
In your opinion, was Votto a worthy pick for male athlete of year?