You read my mind, Joey Votto.
Votto has arrived at Cincinnati Reds spring training, and he spoke with the assembled media, as is customary. Besides making a joke about his off-season — “I tried to get fatter” — Votto expressed some thoughts about the ongoing Reds rebuild.
Votto has voiced patience with the rebuild in the past, but Sunday signaled a more urgent desire to start the clock on winning.
“I think we’re starting to get to the point where people are starting to get tired of this stretch of ball,” Votto said. “I think something needs to start changing and start going in a different direction. I’m going to do my part to help make that change.”
Go read Zach Buchanan’s entire piece, and especially watch the video of Votto. As always, his comments are measured and thoughtful.
Votto has certainly expressed my feelings with a certain accuracy. I’m really starting to get the point where I’m starting to get tired of this stretch of ball. I know why it’s necessary, and I know that the hoped-for result of this stretch is a team that can be competitive over a longer stretch of time than the last time around.
But it’s getting tiresome. I’m ready to see some progress on the field. I’m ready to see the Reds winning more games. I don’t expect a playoff run this year…
…but something needs to start changing.
And just because I don’t know where to put this…Scooter Gennett says Winning Starts Now ™.
Scooter Gennett on Winning Starts Now motto:
— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) February 17, 2018
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