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Votto taps into the Dark Side

Joey Votto (Photo courtesy Flickr) Joey Votto (Photo courtesy Flickr)
Darth Vadar (Provided by Flickr) Darth Vadar (Provided by Flickr)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Reds beat the Cardinals last night, thanks to a huge home run by Scott Schebler.

But you might not know that based on all the social media talk about Joey Votto this morning.

Never mind Votto's four hits.

All everyone is talking about is the latest incident between him and another fan.

[Video: Votto grabs fan's shirt, apologizes with signed ball.]

Votto went to catch a foul ball but ran into a fan in the front row, going for the same ball.

Rather than just walk away, Votto grabbed the guy right by the Reds logo on the front of his jersey, then looked exasperated as he walked back to first base.

I actually think the incident is funny.

Now, if this was the playoffs, I'd be furious that a supposed Reds fan would interfere with Votto's catch, but the Reds are 20 games under 500.

Lighten up, Joey!

Votto seems to relish his role as the Darth Vader of Major League Baseball, trolling fans every chance he gets.

Remember, when he faked out the kid who thought he was getting a souvenir in Philadelphia?

No way was that kid getting a ball.

My kids called him a jerk after that incident, but it doesn't bother me in the least bit.

The Reds are floundering in the standings. I'm sure players are frustrated.

I'd be more worried if he didn't do anything and still just walked out there and smiled and kissed babies like a politician.

There's no doubt; Joey Votto is one of the best hitters in the game. I don't care what he does as long as he keeps earning that fat paycheck.

And look at it like this: He may be a bad guy, but Darth Vader is one of the most popular characters in pop culture.

Here's hoping that Votto can tap into his dark side and get similar results.

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