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Joey Votto is doing OK

Feb 24, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

Votto.jpgAfter bad news regarding Dontrelle Willis and Khalil Greene, finally some good news from one of the players who have struggled with anxiety disorders and allied maladies recently:

When you ask Joey Votto about his offseason, he gives you a polite “fine, thank you.”

But the Reds first baseman knows you want to know more. His battle
with anxiety and depression that caused him to miss 31 games was a huge
factor in the Reds’ success or lack thereof last season.

says he had no incidents after last season – his panic attacks led to
hospital visits last year – but he wouldn’t say he’s past all of his

“A lot of people want miracles,” he said. “Life’s not like that. I’m making progress. I’m going in the right direction.”

My favorite thing in the article: Votto knows his 2009 OPS off the top of his head.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 24, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    In other words, once he had politely told Fay “Fine thanks,” the nosey son of a bitch didn’t stop there and kept pumping him for details of his private agonies. It may well be that Votto ought to look what behaving politely got Barack Obama when he tried it on the Republicans and learn to tell journalists “none of your fucking business” instead.

  2. Jonny5 - Feb 24, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Who cares about Joey Votto, when you can blog about Joey Vento instead. I know from personal experience this is one of Old Gators favorite guys this side of the San Andreas Fault line.

  3. Old Gator - Feb 24, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    Just don’t look in his meat locker. Those ain’t steer quarters hanging in there – no horns. And I don’t see any defibrillators either – very dangerous. There are just some times when the Heimlich maneuver isn’t enough.
    Now if you want to know which restauranteurs really spin my gyro, try Efren and Joseph Boglio, founders of the great Giordano’s Pizza chain of Chicago, and Stanley Zimmerman, proprietor of the even greater – and more lethal, if such a thing is possible – Sammy’s Famous Roumanian Steakhouse on the lower east side of Manhattan. Oh, and there’s also the Burrito King on the corner of Hyperion and Rowena in Los Angeles, but I have no idea who the founder was – or if he ever had a green card.

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