"I often find that my approach has a wondrous affect on the legions of river-people who turn out to witness our contests at the ball-park. My stubborn lack of engagement in the batter's box, throughout the evening, incites the greatest part of them to the most inconceivable howlings of lust and fury, they thinking that I should deliver the winning thrust earlier in the contest, and growing frantic at my delay. Their emotions may be readily imagined, but needless to say, when in the latter innings I finally strike true, and send the scoring balance into our favor, they erupt into an orgy of spirited huzzahing that continues uninterrupted until the ball-park is darkened and our loyal groundskeepers drive the joyful mob back into the streets; they winding themselves into such a pitch as they return to their tenements that, in their conversations, the Reds have won the pennant already and will soon be playing in the World Series. This is pleasing to those of us with more serious thoughts, for several gentlemen of our club are sickly, others poor and inconsequential batsmen, and our enemies in Milwaukee and St. Louis wax strong, etc."
- Joey Votto, Sports Illustrated Kids, April 2014 issue