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Video: A chilling and heartbreaking interview with Joey Votto

Video: A chilling and heartbreaking interview with Joey Votto

Joey Votto on MLB Network
He talks about his father's death, August 9, 2008, and how it impacted his life and career.

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"I just remember thinking, I can't catch my breath. My heart started racing."
"Personally it was hell. It rocked my world."
"He was the first one to teach me how to play baseball. He loved me and what I did."
"The two most important sides were tugging on my, baseball and my father. I just gave way. I could not escape it."
"I was depressed. I had multiple occasions where I was taken out of games with panic attacks.
"The silly thing was, I was doing great on the field, but it was hell. There were multiple times I was alone and I felt I needed to call 9-1-1.
"I wanted to quit often. Being on the field sucked, I hated it. I hated being on the field for multiple years."
"'09 wasn't great, '10 wasn't great. I think I won it (MVP) because I was personally not feeling so good. A lot of the pain, nicks on the field, they didn't mean anything to me."
"I know that if had I not gotten help, I wouldn't be here today"

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