Joey Votto became just the second Canadian in Major League Baseball history with 2,000 hits when he singled in the seventh inning of Monday’s game against the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
The Etobicoke, Ontario native joins Baseball Hall of Famer Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, BC) as the only Canadians to achieve the milestone with Walker registering 2, 160 hits during his 17-year, big league career.
Votto’s Cincinnati Reds defeated the Chicago Cubs, 14-5.
"Despite what it may seem, I didn't try to get the 2,000th hit at home here. I was trying to get hits in Philadelphia, and I just came up short," Votto told reporters after the game. "But I'm glad that it worked out this way. My teammates have been very supportive, and I feel lucky because of that. The fans have been very supportive of that also. I have felt the love from them, truly."
The 2,000th career hit is the latest milestone for Votto in what is turning out to be a historic season for the 37-year-old. Earlier this season, the four-time national team member hit his 300th home run and notched his 1,000th career RBI while also homering in seven consecutive games in late July becoming just the eighth player in MLB history to do so.
The six-time All-Star is currently slashing .284/.377/.575 with 26 home runs and 75 RBI in 90 games this season.
As expected, the social media world reacted to Votto’s historic night. Here are some of our favourites!
Baseball Canada sends its sincere congratulations to Joey on this tremendous accomplishment.