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Dusty Baker was asked, point blank, if Joey Votto would return this weekend. Cuddly bear that he is, Baker replied:
“Oh, hell no. What weekend? You’ve still got to run. He just started playing a little first base.”
Which, yeah, does answer the question. However, I like to imagine that there was quite a conversation between the INTERVIEWER and DUSTY BAKER.
INTERVIEWER: Will Joey Votto be back this weekend?
DUSTY BAKER: Oh, hell no.
I: Makes sense. What with the surgery and all. Hey, my band’s playing a weekend in September if you want to catch us. We’re like roots rock with a nice smooth jazz influence.
DB: What weekend?
I: I’ll have to get that for you, can’t remember. Hey, do you think I should walk in the upcoming marathon?
DB: You’ve still got to run.
I: Yeah, guess I’ll have to skip it until my knees get better. Back to the topic on hand, what has Joey Votto been up to?
DB: He just started playing a little first base.
I: Great, thanks, Dusty.