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Joey Votto shares a tribute to Sports Illustrated

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto

Free agent first baseman Joey Votto, who has played for the Cincinnati Reds from 2007 to 2023, was among those paying tribute on social media to Sports Illustrated, the magazine that has long been a favorite of sports fans.

A Friday announcement that its publisher lost its license accompanied widespread layoffs throughout the magazine's staff.

Votto revealed in a tweet that he rushed home from school when he knew there was an issue of SI waiting in his mailbox.

"As a boy, I would mail in the cheque for my Sports Illustrated subscription - indeed, that's how I spelled 'check' back then," Votto tweeted Friday night. "I remember rushing home from school, eagerly anticipating that week's issue. Opening the mailbox to find it there was the highlight of my week."

Votto graced the cover of SI in 2010, the year he was named National League Most Valuable Player. It was his third full season in the Majors with the Reds, and the first of six times he was named an All-Star.

Last week, Votto tweeted that the four teams reportedly expressing interest in him included the Care Bears. USA TODAY'S Bob Nightengale had tweeted that three MLB teams expressed interest, but didn't specify which ones.

The Reds announced in November that Votto's 2024 club option wouldn't be picked up.

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