It didn’t shatter any outfield lights, but Joey Votto delivered a walk-off grand slam Sunday that was straight out of “The Natural.”
Votto made reference to the classic Robert Redford baseball movie shortly after the game, which the Reds won 9-6 on Votto’s two-out slam. It was Votto’s third homer on a long, memorable day at Great American Ball Park.
Votto hit his two-out clincher off of Nationals closer Henry Rodriguez, in the twilight of a rainy Mother’s Day. Votto later was asked by a reporter if the thought his ninth-inning blast (to center) would leave the stadium.
“I thought it was going to hit the light standard and everything was going to come down,” Votto said, trying not to smile.