Joey Votto is close to picking a donkey for Reds teammate Zack Cozart, who will be rewarded by his teammate for his first All-Star appearance.
The Enquirer/C. Trent Rosecrans
MIAMI — Joey Votto is down to two donkeys for Zack Cozart and soon, Cozart will have his prize for being named to the 2017 All-Star Game in Miami.
Votto, who earlier this season promised Cozart a donkey if he made the All-Star team, has been doing his research on Cozart’s new pet.
“I think that it’s down to a couple. More than anything, we’re checking their personalities, their temperament, to see if they can handle Cincinnati fans,” Votto said during Monday’s All-Star Game media availability. “That’s a variable, bringing that sucker onto the field and having him kick or spit or act out. I don’t know if donkeys are called puppies, but I think we’re trying to get a really small one. It’s a donkey for Cozart’s life. This is a lifetime donkey.”
Votto said he expected to deliver the foal to Cozart as early as the team’s opening homestand.
“I think when…