After announcing last week that he intends to play in 2024, whether that's with the Reds or another team, this week Votto weighed in on the controversy between Bryce Harper and Orlando Arcia.
For those who don't follow postseason baseball if the Reds aren't present, Arcia gave Harper some bulletin board material following the Philadelphia Phillies' Game 2 loss in the National League Division Series.
Joey Votto weighs in on spirited feud between Bryce Harper and Orlando Arcia
While Joey Votto is away from the country in Iceland, the former NL MVP took a few minutes away from his time off to discuss the MLB Postseason with Dan Patrick. Votto wanted to chat about the back-and-forth exchange between Bryce Harper and Orlando Arcia.
Arcia was said to have been poking fun at Harper after the Phillies first baseman was doubled-up to end Game 2. The Braves infielder was said to have been saying, "Atta boy, Harper," in the Atlanta clubhouse.
Harper didn't waste any time during Game 3 of the NLDS and launched, not one, but two moonshots into the seats at Citizen's Bank Park en route to a Phillies win. Both times, Harper stared down Arcia as he rounded the bases. Philadelphia also took Game 4, and the series, after winning 3-1 last night.
So what was Votto's take on the whole exchange? He loved it. Votto said on the Dan Patrick Show that he thinks "baseball needs more" of these exchanges. Votto went on to say that he thinks the average baseball fan wants to hear the anger, emotion, and hatred that emerges during peak times of competition.
I don't know about you, but I agree with Joey Votto. Competition between teams has become a bit watered down in the day and age of jersey swaps after games.
Rivalries have lost their punch, so it was great to see the emotion and bitterness that exists between the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves come to the surface during the NLDS. After Thursday's win, Philadelphia has advanced past Atlanta for the second year in a row and will play the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLCS.