Though the Philadelphia Phillies failed to sweep the Cincinnati Reds this afternoon, one fan will remember the game for forever.
After Reds first-baseman Joey Votto pretended to toss a ball to a Phillies fan at the end of an inning, Phillies Hall of Fame third-baseman and current announcer Mike Schmidt took exception to Votto teasing the young fan. So Schmidt signed a ball for the fan, and had former MLB catcher and current Phillies announcer Ben Davis deliver the ball to the young fan.
Votto is a four-time All-Star, who has won a National League MVP, but a ball tossed by him pales in comparison to the value of a ball signed by Schmidt, who was an All-Star 12 times in his 18-year career and won four league MVPs.
Votto faked out fans another time, which led the Reds and Phillies Twitter accounts to have this exchange.
.@Reds he seems like a really fun guy.— Phillies (@Phillies) May 15, 2016
To be fair, if Chase Utley or Cliff Lee had done something like this at an opposing park during the Phillies peak seasons, it would have been one of the more embraced moments in the team's history. And the Reds, including Votto, were swept by the Phillies in the 2010 NLDS, a series that feels rather insignificant to the Phillies, but probably burns more for the Reds and their fans. So, Votto and the Reds got to have their moment, while a lucky kid got a ball signed by arguably the greatest third-baseman of all-time. Everyone won today.