Votto dissed the Cubs at the All-Star Game, apparently opting to not high five or fist pump Chicago's Marlon Byrd after his heads-up play in the ninth Tuesday, when he threw out Boston's David Ortiz.
"I don't like the Cubs," Votto said after the game in Anaheim. "And I'm not going to pat anybody with a Cubs uniform on the back. But because he made that really cool play, it turned out to be a really cool experience. I'm really glad we got the win today."
Votto made that comment after the National League's win over the American League.
"I don't think he likes the Cardinals either," Lou Piniella said of Votto. "I think it's more an [intradivision] thing."
"That's the competitiveness of Joey Votto," Byrd said. "He's an MVP candidate right now, he's going to say what he believes. But at the same time, I don't think any Cub is going to be patting anyone on the Cincinnati Reds on the back during the season. They're the ones in first place and we're chasing them. We're going to have to come after them hard."
The Cubs opened a four-game series against the Phillies on Thursday, and several of Byrd's opponents are also his good friends.
"Jimmy Rollins is my man," Byrd said, "but he knows I'll flip him if I have to."
Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel likes Byrd.
"I always thought Byrdie could hit," Manuel said of the Cubs center fielder. "When I listened to him, he's more mature in his thinking, everything. He's a much better hitter -- a much better player, probably. He's a more stronger hitter now. He's more aggressive than he used to be. He plays the game a little bit different."