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Joey Votto calls out Cardinals fans after Reds’ four-game sweep in St. Louis

The Cincinnati Reds put the finishing touches on a four-game sweep at Busch Stadium Sunday with an 8-7 victory, and Joey Votto has since made note of how St. Louis Cardinals fans were a very hostile bunch when their hometown MLB team flipped the script and swept the Reds earlier this season.

Votto, who did not play in any of the games in St.Louis while wrapping up a month-long stint on the injured list due to a fractured thumb, profanely spoke out about the antics of Cardinals fans back in April on Tuesday as Cincy’s series against the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers got underway.

“We had some s–t-talking motherf—–s in St. Louis after the first series sweep,” Votto, who was activated Tuesday, said in the clip shared by WLWT-TV, as transcribed by the New York Post. “It’s kind of nice to go at their road ballpark and let them have it. We had some people sweeping brooms and s–t like that while we were leaving. So, how’d you like that? How’d you like that?”

The series between the NL Central rivals obviously was a huge one, and it marked the first time the Reds have notched a four-game sweep in St. Louis since 1990. While the Reds remain in fourth place with a 28-30 record following Tuesday’s 5-1 loss at home to the Brewers, it helped close the gap with the third-place Cardinals (31-30).

What’s more, there already was some bad blood between the teams entering the series due to a bench-clearing scuffle during a game in April.

As far as Votto’s perspective of the trash-talking Cardinals fans did in April is concerned, the Reds first baseman has a colorful history of being something of a villain when it comes to opposing fan bases. While the slugger wasn’t on the field for the Reds’ four wins in St. Louis, one can only imagine how he would have conducted himself if he had the opportunity to engage with the Cardinals fans in question as his team put the finishing touches on this past weekend’s sweep.