‘I wasn’t in the mood to keep my mouth shut’


Joey Votto hit a solo homer in the second inning and a two-run triple in the third inning in the Cincinnati Reds’ 4-3 win on Wednesday, but it was a four-pitch walk in the eighth inning that drew the most fireworks.

The first pitch of Votto’s eighth inning at-bat was an up-and-in fastball from Chicago Cubs reliever Rowan Wick. After three more pitches missed the strike zone, Votto spun his bat into the grass and began jogging to first base.

Wick said something to Votto after the walk with colorful language – “All I said was ‘nice bat flip,’ ” Wick told reporters – and that didn’t fly with Votto, who continued the conversation from first base. Votto barked at Wick for about 10 seconds as Wick stared at the catcher from the pitching rubber.

“If someone says something to me, sometimes I don’t answer, but I wasn’t in the mood to keep my mouth shut,” Votto said.

Members of the Cubs’ dugout shouted at Votto, causing Wick to step off the rubber. Home-plate umpire Dan Merzel took off his mask and turned to the Cubs to yell, “Hey, knock it off. No more. No more.”

Votto, who was animated in his jawing with Wick and the Cubs’ dugout, told the Cubs to keep quiet.

“It’s part of the game,” Votto said. “It can be one of the more enjoyable parts of the game, you know, competing, some talk. I really enjoy that part of the game. Sometimes, it can be overextended, and it can be taken too far, but generally speaking, I enjoy that part as long as the other party is fine with taking it.

“You give it to me, no problem. I’ll give it back, you know.”

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto is restrained by Chicago Cubs first baseman Alfonso Rivas as he argues with pitcher Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Rowan Wick.

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto is restrained by Chicago Cubs first baseman Alfonso Rivas as he argues with pitcher Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Rowan Wick.

Things didn’t continue between Votto and Wick after Mike Moustakas grounded into a fielder’s choice on the next pitch and Votto was out at second base.

“I understand he’s been in the league a long time, and he can do whatever he wants when he walks,” Wick said. “On my side, I was not happy at all with the pitches that I threw. I let the emotions get the best of me. I got a little frustrated. But I feel like he kind of blew it out of the water more than it needed to be.”

Said Votto: “He had something to say and I answered. That’s how ball is sometimes. You’re competitive and, clearly, he was competing and locked in on performing well. I’m pulling on the opposite end of the same rope.”

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto argues with pitcher Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Rowan Wick.

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto argues with pitcher Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Rowan Wick.

With one out in the top of the ninth inning, Reds reliever Hunter Strickland hit Patrick Wisdom with a 96-mph fastball on the first pitch of their at-bat. Wisdom, as expected, wasn’t happy about it….



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