Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto is known for his humble attitude and exceptional contributions to the both the Reds and baseball as a whole.
However, not everyone shares the same sentiment, as sports broadcaster Chris Russo recently criticized Votto’s legacy despite his impressive on-base percentage and overall impact on the game.
In response to Russo’s disparaging comments, Votto finally had the opportunity to confront the Mad Dog during his latest appearance on High Heat. The encounter was nothing short of explosive as Votto held nothing back.
Addressing Russo’s previous remarks, Votto recalled, “A couple of months ago, you said that Zack Greinke and I are ‘Hall of Very Good’ ballplayers. I think Zack and I would agree. You may be right, but I get the gist of what’s going on here. I know what you’re doing. You’re looking down on us.”
The Reds player was evidently rubbed the wrong way by Russo’s condescending attitude. He took the opportunity to contrast their lives, pointing out the differences between his small-town Midwest upbringing and Russo’s New York City lifestyle.
“A couple of small-market, Midwest ball players, just because we’re not from a big city, just like you. Mr. New York City, Sirius XM Radio star, Mr. national television, ESPN star, with your Fifth Avenue ties, your crisp pocket squares, your tailored suits, and your polished shoes. And your hair. Your perfectly coiffed, Broadway hair,” Votto passionately expressed.
“Must be nice to sit atop that Madison Avenue ivory tower, looking down on us with those luscious locks. Not everyone can be the next Roger Peckinpaugh, Mad Dog! You should be ashamed of yourself! You’re a disgrace!”
Joey Votto let Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo have it 😂
— The Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 27, 2023
Joey Votto’s fiery (sarcastic) response has gained attention across the baseball world, with fans and fellow players rallying behind him. Many appreciate Votto’s candidness and refusal to back down from the criticism he received.
The incident has sparked discussions on the respect that players from smaller-market teams receive compared to those playing in major cities.
Votto’s dedication to his craft and his team has undoubtedly left a lasting impact on the Cincinnati Reds and the game of baseball.
Whose side are you on – Votto or Mad Dog???