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.”
Joey Votto today honored the late Tony Fernández with a message on his cap. A four-time Gold Glove shortstop, Fernández's career spanned 17 major league seasons including 12 with Votto's hometown Toronto Blue Jays and one season with Cincinnati (1994). #RedsST pic.twitter.com/dyuh8vVTlE
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) February 19, 2020
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.
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