NEW YORK — Even after Joey Votto delivered an epic apology, the excitement contained in the Blue Jays clubhouse on Wednesday morning centered round his offended outburst directed at Canadian baseball.
In reality, at one level, Mexican-born pitcher Jaime Garcia approached a Toronto reporter to ask what Votto mentioned to get so many individuals in Canada upset.
It was clear that the 2 Canadians enjoying for the Jays — pitcher John Axford and catcher Russ Martin — didn’t need to touch upon Votto’s outburst.
Votto, a local of Etobicoke, completely railed in opposition to Canadian baseball in an interview earlier this week on a Yahoo! Sports activities MLB podcast, saying: “I don’t care nearly in any respect about Canadian baseball. I wasn’t raised within Canadian baseball actually. I’m arising on half of my life being in the US working and being supported by American baseball.”
The Cincinnati Reds slugger took it a step additional when requested about B.C. native James Paxton’s no-hitter in opposition to the Blue Jays final week in Toronto: “So far as Toronto, and Canadian baseball, and the nation of Canada, and (James Paxton) being Canadian, I don’t care in any respect,” Votto mentioned. “(Paxton), or the Jays, or Canada, normally, might disagree with that, however I actually couldn’t give a rat’s ass about that.”
A day later, Votto, the 2010 NL MVP, couldn’t be extra contrite. In a posting on the Canadian Baseball Community web site, Votto — a two-time Lou Marsh winner as Canada’s athlete of the 12 months — mentioned that he’s “terribly ashamed” of his feedback, including that they had been “ridiculously egocentric and short-sighted.”
“I’m saddened that I used to be so flagrant with my remarks and extra importantly that I offended so many individuals that imply a lot to me,” Votto added.
Additional to that, in a convention name on Wednesday afternoon, Votto described his feedback as “cringe-worthy,” insisting they don’t mirror how he actually feels about Baseball Canada, his nation or Paxton.
“Simply pure pettiness,” Votto mentioned from San Francisco, the place he’s with the Reds. “I’ve misplaced sleep over this. I simply did all the things fallacious and it got here from a nasty place. So regretful. My feedback had been clearly, clearly foolish and egocentric and ego-driven. I’m so embarrassed by what I mentioned. Actually, my phrases couldn’t be much less in keeping with how I really feel.”
Votto performed for Canada on the 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classics and, in keeping with Jays’ first base coach Tim Leiper, who was a coach for Canada at these tournaments, the Reds star has all the time proud to play for his nation.
“His keep in Toronto through the (2009) WBC was the most effective occasions I’ve ever been part of, figuring out what it meant to him, figuring out what it meant to come back residence and the kind of recreation he had in opposition to the U.S.,” Leiper mentioned. “He involves the Baseball Canada banquet yearly, he’s an ideal particular person.”
In his apology, Votto admitted to feeling jealous a couple of Canadian baseball athlete (Paxton) being celebrated in his hometown, Toronto. “It was an odd reply and one I’m terribly ashamed of,” he wrote.
Votto mentioned a part of the explanation for his outburst was his misplaced resentment for not making Workforce Canada every now and then or being drafted by the Blue Jays, his hometown group.
“I am going again to Toronto every low season and really feel renewed each time I cross the border to my residence and place of origin. I might not be the place I’m now with out the efforts of so many Canadian baseball folks and the followers of Canadian baseball,” Votto wrote.
“To James Paxton, the Blue Jays, the Toronto followers, the men and women all throughout Canada that work so laborious to advertise and assist Canadian baseball, I’m sorry for my egocentric feedback and I humbly ask in your forgiveness,” he added.
Votto’s mea culpa was met with combined response, although Leiper believes Votto is totally honest in his apology.
“There’s no query. He’s some of the honest folks I do know,” Leiper mentioned. “This man performed within the WBC for us coming off an harm after he signed an enormous contract. To me, that exhibits that he loves what’s happening (in Canada) and to me that was an enormous deal.
“Simply figuring out the man and figuring out how he lives his life, figuring out who he’s, these feedback are completely contradictory to the best way the man lives his life. Interval.”