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WATCH: Reds’ Joey Votto roams the crowd in Barry Larkin jersey, greets fans during game vs. Red Sox

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Shoulder surgery ended Joey Votto’s season on August 16, but that didn’t keep the Cincinnati Reds first baseman out of the ballpark. Votto has made several appearances on the televised Bally Sports Ohio over the past few weeks and during Wednesday’s game against the Boston Red Sox (CIN 5, BOS 1), he roamed the stands of the Great American Ball Park to greet fans. greet.

Here’s Votto wandering around the stadium wearing Hall of Famer Barry Larkin’s No. 11 jersey:

“Most people weren’t happy to see me. They just complimented the jersey,” Votto joked after joining the broadcast in the mid-innings. “They were just so excited to see me in a Larkin sweater. Covering the dad’s body? Absolutely, yes.”

Votto added: “I’ve never walked into the stands and I’ve always wanted to see what a Reds game is like live. I’ve always wanted to connect with the fans and I was able to tour the stadium. And it’s beautiful in the first place. And the fans seem happy to see me. And they were surprised. But the common theme was the compliments on the sweater. I borrowed this shirt from Tyler Stephenson. Not long ago you signed it for him. And I don’t know i felt a real pep talk in my step when i wore this jersey and took a little tour like i said about the stadium it was such a great experience so many great places to sit here it is a beautiful night. I don’t know, I don’t know why I did it. But I just started it hoping to say hello. And then I went around the whole stadium. Full experience.”

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Prior to the game, Votto was honored on the field as Cincinnati’s nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award. The award is presented annually “to the player who best represents baseball through his extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions both on and off the field.”

Votto, 39, hit .205/.319/.370 with 11 home runs in 91 games before requiring surgery.

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