Things for the Cincinnati Reds have been pretty stellar as of late, thank you very much. The Good Guys reeled off 10 wins in a row and hold a three game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central. A perfect road trip (0-6) was a bit of an unexpected surprise (Coos Filed is tough on the Reds), and the Reds returned home for a series with the San Diego Padres.
Well, the news is getting better.
Today, it’s sunny in Cincinnati. First baseman Joey Votto made an appearance at Great American Ball Park, made a few throws, caught a few throws, and took the time to chat with a trio of reporters. The following video is courtesy of Better Off Red.
Some points here…
1. The Reds medical staff has positives about Votto. (Take that Jim Edmonds!) Votto is running, but not at 100%.
2. Votto has placed no timetable on his return. He wants to return as soon as possible, but he jokingly stated his teammates might wish he’d be gone another 10 games so they can have a 20 games winning streak. He will let his body heal.
3. On the heels of that, Votto believes in his teammates. He believes that even without his presence, they can win. And he believes they can win the division without him.
4. Votto was asked if the team had stepped up in his absence and Votto quickly refuted that notion saying the team is performing to its capabilities and if his teammates have that mindset, it is a false one. He did specifically note the pitching staff has grown and that the Reds are a good defensive team. He was also quick to mention the fans.
That will get ‘em hooked, Joey. Someone’s been taking PR classes, I see.
While it was hoped by some that Votto could return as early as this weekend, I honestly don’t see it. Sure, it would be fantastic to have baseball’set player for the upcoming series against the Pirates, but nature has to take its course with Votto’s knee. If he rushes back and things are right, he could miss even more time. Better to let this takes its course (as Votto stated in the video) than press the issue.