Not everyone has the same reaction to Votto. He told the story of meeting Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Felipe Vazquez this week at the All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. Votto used to be scared of hitting against Vazquez because he threw inside against Votto and over his head early in his career when he was with the Nationals.
Vazquez approached Votto in the clubhouse Monday at Nationals Park.
“We don’t know each other,” Votto said, “and he says, ‘A lot of people tell me you’re not a nice guy. You’re mean.’ I go, ‘I don’t know who’s telling you those things. I think I’m a nice guy. I think I’ve got a good reputation.’ But really deep down inside, I wanted to say, ‘Who do you think you are talking to me this way?’ But I’m thinking, ‘He’ll hit me in the head at 101. You can’t come back from that ever.’”