Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) is awarded the 2010 Tip O'Neill Award for being named the best Canadian baseball player by Tom Valcke, president of the Canadian Baseball Hall of fame, left, and Scott Crawford, vice-president of the CBHOF, during ceremonies prior to a major league baseball game against the Florida Marlins, Saturday, April 30, 2011 in Cincinnati. Sports MLB Podcast, Votto told Mike Oz, Jeff Passan and Tim Brown that he's not concerned at all about baseball in Canada.
Sports he "couldn't give a rat's ass" about Paxton being the first Canadian to throw a no-hitter on his home soil.
"I don't care nearly at all about Canadian baseball", the Reds first baseman stated.
I was asked recently about James Paxton and his no-hitter on Canadian soil.
I get excited and feel honored every time I interact with the future of Canadian Baseball whether at a Baseball Canada banquet, the World Baseball Classic, or Pro Teach Baseball indoor facility in Etobicoke. "I'm coming up on half of my life being in the United States working and being supported by American baseball".
The Cincinnati Reds superstar, who has always been considered one of the best players in Major League Baseball, has provided up-and-comers from north of the border with a solid blueprint for success.
Further to that, in a conference call on Wednesday afternoon, Votto described his comments as "cringe-worthy", insisting they do not reflect how he really feels about Baseball Canada, his country or Paxton.
Joey Votto apologizes to Canada for 'ridiculously selfish' comments
Realizing that his comments were offside, Votto has written a letter - saying he is "terribly ashamed" of his comments, calling them "ridiculously selfish and short-sighted".
He also penned an apology on social media on Wednesday morning, adding that he resented not being drafted by the Blue Jays out of high school and not being picked for the Olympic team while in the minors.
In his apology, Votto admitted to feeling jealous about a Canadian baseball athlete (Paxton) being celebrated in his hometown, Toronto. I go back to Toronto each off season and feel renewed every time I cross the border to my home and native land.
While Votto expressed a disconnect with Canadian baseball on Tuesday, he is a two-time victor of the Lou Marsh Trophy as the Canadian athlete of the year and has twice played for Canada in the World Baseball Classic.
"To James Paxton, the Blue Jays, the Toronto fans, the women and men all across Canada that work so hard to promote and support Canadian baseball, I am sorry for my selfish comments and I humbly ask for your forgiveness", he added.
Not only did he make it clear that "Team Canada" doesn't exactly hold a special place in his heart, he went as far as to make sure we knew that James Paxton's no-hitter in Canada last week wasn't all that important to him either, at least no more than any other big performance at the highest level.