Joey Votto, a Toronto-born first-baseman now playing for the Cincinnati Reds, is the second Canadian cultural export in a month to be put in his place by the shaming-and-shunning crowd. In late April, Shania Twain was taken down by a censorious Twitter mob for musing aloud about Donald Trump. Now it's Votto's turn.
Here's what Votto said Tuesday. "I don’t care almost at all about Canadian baseball. I wasn’t raised inside of Canadian baseball really. I’m coming up on half of my life being in the United States working and being supported by American baseball. As far as Toronto, and Canadian baseball, and the country of Canada, and [James Paxton] being Canadian, I don’t care at all. Paxton, or the Jays, or Canada, in general, may disagree with that, but I really couldn’t give a rat’s ass about that."
And yesterday. "I go back to Toronto each off-season and feel renewed every time I cross the border to my home and native land. I would not be where I am now without the efforts of so many Canadian baseball people and the fans of Canadian baseball. To James Paxton, the Blue Jays, the Toronto fans, the women and men all across Canada that work so hard to promote and support Canadian baseball, I am sorry for my selfish comments and I humbly ask for your forgiveness."
His home and native land, no less! Invoking the national anthem in a forced confession—surely that establishes a new benchmark for the public shaming of a major Canadian celebrity. At that level of contrition, you'd think he'd defamed Anne Murray. Or Shania.