Craig Calcaterra

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Joey Votto homered, then gave his bat and jersey to a six-year-old cancer patient


Joey Votto has made headlines in the past for having playful run-ins with fans, shouting down hecklers and the like. But yesterday he did something that was purely heartwarming.

Walter Herbert is six. Last week, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he got to meet Votto. Herbert has continued going to Great American Ballpark and was at the Reds game yesterday, sitting just over the partition from the Reds dugout.

Late in the game Joey Votto hit a homer. When he came back to the dugout he gave Herbert a high-five. And then he gave them a bunch more stuff:


If you talk to Reds fans, you learn quickly just how much they love Joey Votto. They don’t love him just for his MVP play.

Good goin’, Joey.