Votto: Filming commercial was fun
Reds first baseman participated in "This is SportsCenter" ad
I am very proud to have joined the pantheon of athletes that have starred in "This is SportsCenter" commercials. I thought it was a really cool experience, and I am glad I did it.
Looking back on the final product, I think the commercial turned out well. I had a great time filming it, which is very important. In addition, I got a lot of positive reaction from my teammates and other guys in the league, so that is always a plus.
My agent was the one who first told me about the possibility of the commercial. He said ESPN was interested, and all we had to do was to coordinate a time that worked for all parties.
That plan actually worked out perfectly as the commercial was filmed at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn. That is about 90 minutes from New York. I filmed it the day before I was presented the 2010 National League Most Valuable Player Award.
I didn't have to do much other than show up, in all honesty. They've done such a great job with the past commercials that I was ready for whatever they had written for me. If you look at it, they know what they're doing when it comes to the athletes and club mascots.
The filming took approximately two hours. They gave me a script, but ended up scrapping it the day I got there. They just gave me a couple of lines, and I went with the flow of things. Really, it was not very difficult. The only trouble was coordinating the flush of the toilet with our lines.
The storyline has to do with Karl Ravech and one of our mascots growing a mustache. In case anyone cares, I can grow a mustache. However, it doesn't mean that it is a good mustache.
Looking back, one of my favorite SportsCenter commercials is the old Gheorghe Muresan dancing one. That always makes me laugh. I'm also partial to the Tim Lincecum and George St. Pierre ones.
Reds first baseman Joey Votto, a native of Toronto, has driven in at least 100 runs in the last two seasons. He is a career .313 hitter over 617 games played, all with Cincinnati.
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