WATCH: The Reds’ Joey Votto wears a Barry Larkin jersey and walks around the crowd, greeting fans during the game. Red socks

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Shoulder surgery ended Joey Votto’s season in August. 16, but that didn’t keep the Cincinnati Reds’ first baseman out of the ballpark. Votto has appeared in the Poly Sports Ohio television booth several times in recent weeks, including during Wednesday’s game against the Boston Red Sox (CIN 5, BOS 1), where he greeted fans in the stands at Great American Ball Park.

Hall of Famer Barry Larkin’s no. 11 Jersey:

“Most people weren’t happy to see me. They appreciated the jersey,” Votto joked after joining the broadcast booth in the middle innings. “They were really excited to see me in a Larkin jersey. Covering dad’s suit? Sure, yes.”

Votto added: “I’ve never walked into the stands, and I’ve always wanted to see what a Reds game is like. I’ve always wanted to interact with the fans, and I’ve been able to look around the stadium. And it’s beautiful at first, the fans seem happy when they see me, they’re surprised, But compliments with the general theme jersey, I borrowed this jersey from Tyler Stephenson, a while ago, I didn’t know you signed it, I felt a real sadness under me wearing this jersey. And like I said, I took a little tour of the stadium. It’s a great. experience. So many great places to sit here. It’s a beautiful night. I don’t know, I don’t know why I did it. But I started it hoping to say hello. And then I ended up going around the whole stadium. The whole experience.”

Prior to the game, Votto was honored on the field as Cincinnati’s nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award. The award is presented annually “to a player who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.”

Votto, 39, hit .205/.319/.370 with 11 home runs in 91 games before the surgery.

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