One of the greatest steaks in baseball history has come to a close, folks.
Joey Votto has proven to be a modern marvel. Yeah, he's a six-time All-Star, a former MVP, and one of the better Cincinnati Reds in franchise history. So what? The real impressive feat was Votto's sheer talent of avoiding pop-outs. He has seven (!) in his career, and never popped out to first base. Not even once.
Votto's streak ends at 6,828 plate appearances after popping out to the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger.
Joey Votto just popped out to 1B for the 1st time in his career …— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) April 17, 2019
In his 6,828th plate appearance. pic.twitter.com/rw6cBgTAMy
Does this mean the decline he claims isn't happening is now real?
Just think about how improbable this feat is. He's been playing in the league since 2007, 13 seasons of excellence, and has been solid enough to have avoided the essential automatic out that came with a pop out to first base. Since it hadn't happened in this long, you never thought it was going to come. But all things must come to an end.
The Joey Votto infield fly streak ending is worse than the Undertaker Wrestlemania streak ending.— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) April 17, 2019
Don't worry, pop-up haters, Votto is not completely tarnished after this play. He has still yet to pop up to the pitcher and catcher, so there's still something pure left in this world.