It isnt often that Joey Votto speaks to the media before the media speaks to him and it isnt adversarial. Mostly it is Vottos innate shyness.
Thus, it was stunning one day early last season when a media herd encircled Scott Rolens locker adjacent to Vottos dressing quarters in the Cincinnati Reds plush clubhouse.
After listening a few moments, the ignored Votto stood and said with a smile, I guess people already have forgotten who the MVP is around here.
It was addressed toward Rolen and it was a joke because Votto avoids attention as if avoiding a fastball speeding toward his temple.
Nobody avoids Votto, except perhaps opposing pitchers, if they can. And it is why he is a buzzword this offseason.
It is rare that a players future with a team is a worrisome topic to the fans when that player has two more years on his contract, which is exactly the case with Votto.
He is signed for 2012 and he is signed for 2013, but Votto is a buzz word and lightning rod right now to fans and t...