Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) leans against the wall near the on deck circle during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

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Joey Votto Loves To Brag About His MVP Award To St. Louis Uber Drivers

The Cincinnati Reds first baseman has never been much of a favorite in St. Louis.

May 03, 2018 - 11:23 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Joey Votto has some pretty good bragging rights in St. Louis. Although his Cincinnati Reds have only two NL Central titles, compared to the St. Louis Cardinals' nine, since 2000 – he's got one thing to hold over St. Louis' head. 

His 2010 National League MVP award. 

In 2010, Votto captured 31 of 32 first-place votes to win his first and only MVP award. The only vote that didn't go to him, went to then Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols. And in a recent Q & A with The Athletic, he talked about the respect he has for the three-time MVP and two-time World Series champion with the St. Louis Cardinals. 

He also talked about how he has trolled "many a St. Louis Uber driver" by telling them about how he beat Pujols for the 2010 award: 

They ask me who I am, they say, "you play baseball?"

I say, "Yes."

They say, "Wow, what team?"

I say, "Cincinnati."

They say, "Oh, where's that?"

I say, "Oh, it's in Ohio."

They'll say, "OK."

I say, "Do you know Albert Pujols?"

"Oh yes, of course."

I'll say, "Well, I beat him for Most Valuable Player. He came in second to me."

You might remember what Votto said after he beat Pujols that year, "it’s pretty freakin’ awesome to beat Albert Pujols for the MVP."

If you're thinking to yourself right now, "Joey Votto is kind of a jerk." You might be right, but to many he's just a goofy guy who loves baseball: