Votto apologizes to Paxton, Canada for remarks

Votto apologizes to Paxton, Canada for remarks

Votto, who is from Toronto, said in a podcast released Tuesday by Yahoo! Sports podcast about fellow Canadian James Paxton throwing a no-hitter for the Seattle Mariners against the Toronto Blue Jays last week at the Rogers Centre, Votto distanced himself from his home country.

"I don't care nearly at all about Canadian baseball", the Reds first baseman stated.

If Joey Votto isn't the greatest Canadian ever to play baseball, he's certainly one of them.

"I was asked recently about James Paxton and his no-hitter on Canadian soil".

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) is awarded the 2010 Tip O'Neill Award for being named the best Canadian baseball player by Tom Valcke, president of the Canadian Baseball Hall of fame, left, and Scott Crawford, vice-president of the CBHOF, during ceremonies prior to a major league baseball game against the Florida Marlins, Saturday, April 30, 2011 in Cincinnati.

Realizing that his comments were offside, Votto has written a letter - saying he is "terribly ashamed" of his comments, calling them "ridiculously selfish and short-sighted".

"As far as Toronto, and Canadian baseball, and the country of Canada, and [Paxton] being Canadian, I don't care at all".

"Clearly my reply came out of a side of jealousy for a Canadian baseball athlete being celebrated in the city of Toronto. I feel awful about the message I sent to fans in Canada".

Votto went on to note how much he enjoys spending time in Toronto and how much he appreciates the Canadian baseball establishment for helping him reach big-league heights.

Votto, a native of Etobicoke, absolutely railed against Canadian baseball in an interview earlier this week on a Yahoo!

While Votto expressed a disconnect with Canadian baseball on Tuesday, he is a two-time victor of the Lou Marsh Trophy as the Canadian athlete of the year and has twice played for Canada in the World Baseball Classic.

"I go back to Toronto each off-season and feel renewed every time I cross the border to my home and native land".

But I also believe that his apology is honest and we should accept it and move on.

"Just knowing the guy and knowing how he lives his life, knowing who he is, those comments are totally contradictory to the way the guy lives his life".

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