While opening day is normally a tough ticket, Cincinnati Reds fans who miss out Thursday still have plenty of time to see Joey Votto in the future.
Votto will play for the first time since signing the longest guaranteed contract in major league history when the Reds open the season at home against the Miami Marlins, who will have Mark Buehrle make his debut with the club.
Votto agreed to a contract extension Wednesday that adds 10 years and $225 million, keeping him with the Reds through 2023 and making him the face of the franchise. The deal includes a club option for 2024.
The first baseman figures to get a warm reception during pregame introductions due to his long-term commitment.
"Is it risky?" owner Bob Castellini said. "No doubt. That's the environment we live in, especially as a small market. We feel Joe will be a cornerstone."
Votto batted .309 last season, finishing sixth in the NL with 103 RBIs and second in the majors with 110 walks.
"I always try to do my best," V...