VOTTO WAS THE least concerned about his homer drought — he had one until hitting one Saturday and another Sunday. Nor was manager Dusty Baker concerned.
“I can understand the concern about not hitting home runs, but I don’t feel obligated to hit home runs to quell everyone’s concern,” said Votto. “I’m not concerned about the home runs. The Reds pay me to be good. That’s all I try to do and if I go through a little bit of a homer drought I try to fill in with other things.”
Votto reached back into the history books to talk about his situation as a star player and removed several familiar names.
“Pete Rose hit a ton of singles and everybody considers him great,” Votto began. “Johnny Bench hit a touch lower with the avereage but hit a ton of home runs as a catcher. Frank Robinson, Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan — all kinds of different versions of guys who were great and did things differently. And I look at those guys as shining examples of how hou can be a good player in different ways.”
“Everybody was more worried about Joey than we were,” said Baker. “Water seeks its own level. If you can hit, you can hit. Sooner or later you’ll start hitting. You just don’t stop hitting. He’s not old, he’s not fat and his eyes are still good. Most of the time when you stop hitting your eyes go bad, you get fat around the mid-section, your reactions get slow and you get old. He is a long way from any of those.”
“The two RBIs were big,” said Baker. “Now we have to get Bruce going with a coule of home runs (he has none) and some RBIs (he has eight). Bruce is in the position (fifth in the batting order) where he gets a lot of opportunities, probably as much as anybody in this league with the guys hitting front of him — Choo, Votto and Phillips.
“The home runs are fine, but RBIs are finer,” Baker added. “RBIs are it. You see that when we get a lot of two-out RBIs we score a lot of runs. When we don’t score it’s because we aren’t getting those two-out RBIs. The team that gets the most wins usually gets the two-out RBIs.”
Posted: April 21, 2013 at 07:34 PM | 18 comment(s)
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