ST. LOUIS -- Joey Votto is generally known for being serious and straight-laced, but the Reds first baseman showed his sense of humor on Tuesday when he did a TV interview with MLB Network's "Intentional Talk" show -- dressed in a Canadian Mountie uniform and hat.
For Votto, who hails from Toronto, it was a fun shot at revenge for something that co-hosts Chris Rose and Kevin Millar did to him on a show during Spring Training.
"They photoshopped me in a Mountie outfit [with Bret Michaels]," Votto said.
Votto's face was deadpan throughout most of the interview as Rose and Millar did not know what was coming and ad-libbed questions throughout. Votto, the serious Mountie, talked about being part of "the red surge" and proudly mentioned that he rides his horse named "Nibbles" to the ballpark every day.
"I think it's fun to do stuff like that," Votto said. "Kevin is a really fun guy to chat with. Chris is also. Hopefully they liked that."
Reds teammates watching the show on clubhouse televisions were laughing out loud.
"He was straight-facing Millar and Rose like that. I don't know how you can't smile with those two. He can be at the top of the general's list if he wanted to," Reds third baseman Todd Frazier said. "That's what we like. That's what we need more of. We like that stuff."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.