Reds’ Joey Votto regrets comment about St. Louis Cardinals fans

ST. LOUIS – Joey Votto had some comments circulate through St. Louis after the Cincinnati Reds swept the Cardinals at Busch Stadium in June.

Votto didn’t play in that four-game series, completing his rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville, but he spoke the following day when he was activated from the injured list. Votto, smiling, said “we had some (trash)-talking (expletives) in St. Louis after the first series sweep and it’s nice to go on the road, at their ballpark, and let them have it.”

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) is congratulated after hitting a solo home-run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the fourth inning at Busch Stadium on Sept. 10.

In Votto’s first trip back to Busch Stadium, he said he regretted saying that because it wasn’t directed toward Cardinals fans.

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“I was quoted speaking very vaguely about someone here in St. Louis,” Votto said Friday. “I didn't elaborate. There was someone behind the scenes and I certainly won't mention who or what, but I just want to make it clear that what I said was absolutely not a commentary on the Cardinals fans or anybody at all here in St. Louis.”

The Reds were swept in their first three-game series in St. Louis in April. After the Reds swept the four-game series in June, Votto said, “We had some people sweeping brooms and (stuff) like that when we were leaving, so how’d you like that? How’d you like that?”

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) smiles back toward the dugout in the third inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

With Friday’s 4-2 victory, the Reds have won five straight games at Busch Stadium and captured their first season series victory against the Cardinals since 2011.

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“I'm very fond of coming to St. Louis,” Votto said. “I think you would all know, I'd be completely honest if I was not happy with something. I just hope that the people here don't think that I was speaking about them. It was something very much behind the scenes in terms of preparation for our games. But stuff like that happens.

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