VIDEO: Joey Votto Shares Adorable Story About First MLB Hit and His Dog

Adam Taylor McKillop
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto shares an adorable story about his first MLB hit and his dog.
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto shares an adorable story about his first MLB hit and his dog. / Emilee Chinn/Getty Images
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Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds enjoyed a memorable night on Monday. The veteran first baseman recorded his 2,000th career hit in the Reds' convincing 14-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

In today's MLB, 2,000 hits is slowly becoming the new hit milestone for players across the league, making this moment that much more special for Votto and his fanbase. After the game, the 37-year-old slugger reminisced about his first MLB hit.

He shares an adorable story and fans got a chance to learn about Joey Votto, the dog dad.

Joey Votto 2,000th Hit

Most MLB players would likely detail a special place for the ball from their first MLB hit. It's sort of a unique ceremony known only in baseball. The young talent finally records the hit, the opposing team throws the ball in, and a bench coach is put in charge of safeguarding the ball until after the game.

Instead of enshrining this baseball or keeping it in a special place, Votto had other plans. Apparently, he opted to give this ball to his young dog, who proceeded to tear into a million little pieces. "My very first MLB hit doesn't exist anymore."

Maybe Votto had a feeling he'd garner about 2,000 more of those hits throughout a 15-year MLB career. We'll never know, but there's a good chance he holds onto this most recent milestone considering what happened to the last one.


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