Interesting comments. Apparently he has some mental health issues according to some comments but his rhetoric here seems a bit over the top. Sorta weird I’d say.
Joey Votto: ‘I don’t care almost at all about Canadian baseball’
“I don’t care almost at all about Canadian baseball,” said Votto, who was also the National League MVP in 2010. “I wasn’t raised inside of Canadian baseball really. I’m coming up on half of my life being in the United States working and being supported by American baseball.”
MLB player on his way to HOF after he retires probably .
Previous MVP and batting champion, gold glover. Plays for Cincinnati first base. Very high contract.
Twice winner of Lou Marsh trophy as Canada's top athlete.
Canadian from Toronto. Also played for BB Team Canada in 2014.
Has since apologized for remark but clearly feels that Canada did little to help him in his BB development. Identifies more with States as he has lived there longer than Canada.
Overblown sense of " patriotic nonsense" in my mind.
Could probably take a lesson from Wayne Gretzky as far as PR diplomacy goes.
On a divergent thought why isn't Larry Walker ever mentioned as a possible HOF candidate?
Hey. sure, think whatever you want but man, no one is saying you have to be any bit patriotic if you don't want to and being patriotic in some ways nowadays isn't an "in" thing with a lot of people anyways, but have a bit of class to go along with your talent and just say nothing about not caring about baseball in Canada and that. I would think that any baseball player, as a player and fan of the game, would at the very least care about baseball growing in any country, grassroots level, amateur, pro etc.. You would think anyways. :-\
He can be excused somewhat due to lack of grey matter, for sure. Hey, we all goof with how things are said sometimes and not many of us are Einstein's. He did the right thing and apologized, I realize as well he has done some excellent work for Canadian baseball.
This article may be going too far to praise him but I agree with the overall sentiment, I guess, knowing Mr. Griffin thinks the sun rises and falls with the sport of baseball.