Votto on 2011 goals

During Reds Opening Day festivities, the 135th for Cincinnati, 1B Joey Votto was presented with his NL MVP trophy. Votto held the award over his head and acknowledged the crowd as it gave him a standing ovation. Before the game, Votto was asked about the difference between Opening Day this season and the ones of the team’s recent history.

“Last year, there was a lot of unknown whereas this year I feel like we’ve seen some of our potential and it’s going to push us to do a little more this year,” Votto said. “Our goal isn’t to have a winning season or break a streak of sub .500 seasons. Our goal is to win the World Series this year.”

Also — a little mishap on the ceremonial first pitch today. Retired Cincinnati police chief Tom Streicher threw the pitch to Hall of Famer Joe Morgan. Streicher’s pitch sailed over Morgan’s head…maybe the chief didn’t realize Morgan is about 5-foot-8.

— Mark Sheldon

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