The Cubs may be known as the lovable losers, but Joey Votto doesn’t care.

Votto refused to congratulate Chicago Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd when he made a big play in right field in the ninth inning of the 2010 MLB All-Star game, throwing out David Ortiz at second base for the second out of the inning. 

This play paved the way for the National League’s first victory since 1996.

“I don’t like the Cubs,” Votto told ESPN, “And I’m not going to pat anybody with a Cubs uniform on the back. But because he made that really cool play, it turned out to be a really cool experience. I’m really glad we got the win today,” Votto said.

He went on to explain why he harbored such cold feelings towards the Cubs.

“We are Cincinnati Reds,” Votto said. “We’re taught to hate everything in the Central Division. That’s just how it is.”  

Is it me or does Votto sound a little robot-esque?

It sounds like the quote should have ended with, “they must be destroyed.”

If Cubs fans needed more reasons to dislike the Dusty Baker-led squad, here you go.

Maybe Votto was just a little bitter that it took a final vote for him to get voted onto the All-Star team…

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