Though the tradition has waned over the past year, the 2010 NL MVP prolonged it on Monday night by once again depriving an opponent’s supporter of a foul ball.
In the bottom of the first inning of his squad’s matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies, a foul grounder appeared destined for a Phillies fan’s glove.
That is, until Votto stepped in to make sure the fan didn’t land the free souvenir.
Here’s each broadcast’s reaction to Votto’s antics.
True to form, Joey Votto’s having a little fun with the Philly fans. 😂 pic.twitter.com/UXJ30kjsl1
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) April 9, 2018
Said it before, will say it again: Joey Votto is a national treasure. 😂 pic.twitter.com/7FHKNuiPva
— MLB (@MLB) April 10, 2018
Two years ago, Votto drew a chorus of boos from the Phillies faithful when he faked a toss to a fan, then returned the ball to home plate.
“I have no problems with any of the Philly fans … except all the kids,” he joked after that game from May 2016. “You know, I can’t stand the kids here.”
Days later, he stomped out a Dodgers fan’s paper airplane.
lol joey votto pic.twitter.com/acM53kPLtG
— José Rivera (@whoisjoserivera) May 25, 2016
And just over a month after that, he did this to Washington Nationals fans.
— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 2, 2016
“I was just having fun with them. They give you a hard time during the game and it’s my way of giving them a hard time back,” Votto told MLB.com about his pranks back in 2016. “Really, it’s just me playing around.”
He laid low with it last year, but still managed to victimize Chicago Cubs fans …
Tonight Joey Votto decided to throw a foul ball over the roof pic.twitter.com/v1CHlcEN46
— Baseball Bros (@BaseballBros) August 16, 2017
… and whoever decided to heckle him at home.
— Keegan Haag (@THEkeeganhaag) May 23, 2017
Never change, Joey Votto.