I’m wondering if I should be like Jonathan Lipnicki at the beginning of Stuart Little running around jumping up and down shouting “Today’s the day!” or more like McKayla Maroney wearing that now famous sneer.
What on earth am I talking about? It has been since July 15th since his name has been written in any MLB scorebook. On that date, he was 2-for-3 with a walk (typical) and a pair of runs scored.
Here we sit. 52 days. Almost 4.5 million seconds. Roughly 75,000 minutes. 1,250 hours. At 12:35 this afternoon, that “streak” will be coming to an end.
Those lengths of time represent the last time Joey Votto was on the field for baseball action in a Reds game. He is set to return to major league action today. Of course, we could be all getting teased, but even if that is the case, you could sense the calm.
While this is grand news, an air of caution should be taken.
If you’re thinking that with Votto’s return, the Reds will simply run away with the NL Central, be careful. Having Votto’s bat is a welcome addition to the lineup, but the Reds offense has performed well during his absence. The inclusion of Votto will not suddenly add an extra two runs a game.
Granted, Votto had compiled an MVP-worthy credentials. A slash of .342/465/.604 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI were receiving MVP chatter. Votto was leading the majors in doubles (36) and walks (66) at the time. Despite the lost games, Votto is still 11th in the MLB in doubles and walks.
The $250+ million dollar man is not 100 percent, and that is by his own admission.
“Good. Getting better. It’s not 100 percent yet but that will come in time.”
— Joey Votto on status of his surgically repaired meniscus
Seems strange that after the second procedure, (You remember. The one to remove the floating cartilage. The one that had practically every Reds fan screaming for the heads of the Reds medical staff. Yep. That one.) we heard Votto say he would not return unless he was 100 percent. This was because Votto felt he was a bit overzealous in his initial rehab.
Sliding practice will get you every time…
So, does #19 get a pass on that?
To some, it’s Joseph Daniel Votto, so, of course he does. To others it shouldn’t matter how many zeroes are on the check, get out there and play…and win.
Today’s the day! Today’s the day!
UPDATE: From the Reds official Twitter feed…
Wednesday’s Lineup vs. Phillies: Phillips 4, Heisey 8, Votto 3, Ludwick 7, Bruce 9, Frazier 5, Navarro 2, Gregorius 6, Leake 1
— Reds (@Reds) September 5, 2012