Joey Votto was a Tony Fernandez fan and honored him during spring training. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Joey Votto paid tribute to the late Tony Fernandez with a message written on his hat at spring training Wednesday.

Votto, who is from Toronto, was a Blue Jays fan growing up. On his hat, he wrote a message that said: “RIP Tony – My Dad and I loved you.”

Fernandez played 12 of his 17 MLB seasons with Toronto, winning the 1993 World Series with them.

Votto said, via MLB.com:

“My condolences to his family. My father and I would watch the Blue Jays play. My father and I liked Devon White, but Tony was this slick guy, a guy who had this great personality and hitting style that was just so distinct. He had a style of defense that was also distinct. It was such a treat. Everybody seemed to like him.

“It’s sad that he passed away. I just wanted to show my appreciation and let Toronto know I was raised watching him, loving him and supporting that team. You’re not close to these people but you feel close to them in some way. It’s certainly sad.”

That’s a respectful and thoughtful gesture from Votto.

Fernandez died on Saturday night at the age of 57 due to complications from kidney disease.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.



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