Why Joey Votto wore a high school football jersey in press conference

After Friday's 10-3 win over Cleveland, Joey Votto showed up to his post-game press conference in a football jersey. 

Specifically, it was a Marist (Georgia) High School football jersey, where teammate Kyle Farmer played quarterback. It had Farmer's No. 16 jersey number. 

"This is his high school jersey, same number, same everything," Votto said. "Shout out to Marist High School for sending me this and Kyle Farmer for letting me represent the glory days. He was telling me he could throw a football through those mountains over there when we were in Arizona, so shout out to Kyle Farmer and Marist High School."

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Farmer led Marist to a state title game appearance in 2008. In addition to his actual football career, he had a cameo appearance in the movie, "The Blindside" as a quarterback in a scene at practice. 

Votto said he was unaware of Farmer's history as a movie star. 

"OK, we’ll have to get another jersey," Votto said. 

When Votto was asked how long he planned to wear Farmer's football jersey to a Zoom interview, he said he could reveal the reason behind it. 

"This is not my idea, but I think it’s more of a team thing," Votto said. "We’ll see how things look in the future with other guys wearing jerseys.

"I’m wearing mine today. I was asked to wear it. I’m happy to wear it and couldn’t be more proud to wear a teammate’s jersey."

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