Joey Votto is usually the one who makes light of the spirit of competition.
As you might expect from a man who’s on pace to lead the league in walks for a sixth time, Votto can get contentious about the strike zone.
Such a disposition resulted in a spat with home plate umpire Roberto Ortiz on Thursday, before Kratz, a man of considerable proportions, stepped in.
Jesús is a man of peace.
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— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) June 29, 2018
The tiff was dumb.
But at least the players involved knew it.
“There was just a little bit of a misunderstanding at the plate and other than both of us standing our ground, there was really nothing to it,” said Votto, uncharacteristically passing up on a moment ripe for humor.
That’s OK, though.
Because Kratz, a journeyman if there ever was one, filled the void left by the Reds’ Canadian first baseman.
“Completely blown out of proportion, that’s all,” said Kratz, a 38-year-old with 241 MLB games to his name. “We were discussing the Canadian dollar and flawed systems in our two governments. He was coming from a different side of it and we were just discussing those kinds of things.”
Actually, considering Votto is involved, we probably can’t rule out that this is the truth.