Reds first baseman Joey Votto finally cleared the air about his controversial comment regarding the Cubs.
Following the NL’s All-Star Game win, Votto was quoted as saying he didn’t congratulate Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd for a strong ninth-inning defensive play because of the Reds-Cubs rivalry. The quote: "I don’t like the Cubs. And I’m not going to pat anybody with a Cubs uniform on the back."
Votto told The Cincinnati Enquirer that he was joking, that he knew he was speaking to a Chicago reporter when he was asked that question and that he and Byrd got along very well during the All-Star festivities.