Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto gets gruff with interfering fan; apologizes later with baseball

The Reds' Joey Votto doubles in the first inning against the Cardinals on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
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The Reds' Joey Votto doubles in the first inning against the Cardinals on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

Credit: David Jablonski

Credit: David Jablonski

Joey Votto is an intense competitor. One fan found that out the hard way Tuesday.

Votto showed his displeasure with a Reds fan after the two made contact while Votto was attempting to catch a foul ball off the bat of Stephen Piscotty in the seventh inning of Cincinnati’s 7-5 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.

Visibly annoyed after he couldn’t come down with the catch, Votto grabbed the Reds logo on the man’s shirt before turning away in disgust.

The story has a happy ending though, Votto wrote a personalized apology on a baseball for the fan shortly after the encounter.