Originally posted on Three-Way Chili  |  Last updated 4/2/12

There’s a party going on right here. A celebration to last throughout the years (2023 to be exact).

So bring your good times and your laughter too, we’re gonna celebrate your party with you.

Come on now, cel-e-bra-tion. Let’s all celebrate and have a good time.

(Fast-forward a bit…)

Cel-e-brate good times, c’mon! Let’s celebrate.

Cel-e-brate good times, c’mon! Let’s celebrate, it’s all right

Yes, Kool & the Gang’s classic hit pretty much encapsulates how Reds Nation is feeling right now. Even the most optimistic of fans thought inking first baseman Joey Votto to a long-term deal was a long-shot at best. Now it’s reality.

The 2010 National League MVP re-signed for 10 years and $225 million. He is locked up through the 2023 season and it looks like his hometown Toronto Blue Jays will have to look elsewhere for their future franchise player.

What a shocking development. The excellent website MLBTradeRumors.com was first to report that a Votto deal was close on Monday.

Soak it up, Reds fans. Owner Bob Castellini (B-Cast if you’re nasty) continues to prove he’s in this business to win, not just make money. What a refreshing attitude, especially with Mike Brown and his ineptitude just a short walk down the road.

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