I’m not sure what’s more offensive about this post from SB Nation: how unfunny it is or the fact that it refers to Joey Votto possibly having “mental problems” without acknowledging that the slugger publicly spoke about his struggles with depression after his father died.

I realize that Jason Brannon of SB Nation’s Hot Corner blog likely had no intention of being so insensitive with referencing Votto’s past in his attempt at satire, and it was admittedly a slow news day yesterday, but in the immortal words of Ken Rosenthal, come on

Taking a crack at an entire nation’s lack of public profile is one thing (unfortunately in this case, not a very funny thing), but not being aware of the history of the baseball player that you’re using to make the joke is just plain ignorant. The blog post’s narrative follows the fictional reactions of Votto’s All-Star teammates and their lack of belief in his country of origin.

At one point, Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday asked Votto “What does your flag look like?”

“It has a maple leaf on it,” Votto replied, to gales of laughter from players and reporters alike.

“I tried to keep it together, but when he said that thing about the maple leaf, I just lost it,” said San Francisco’s Brian Wilson.

“Seriously, I think that guy might have mental problems,” Wilson added.

According to Votto, in an interview from the summer of 2009:

I spoke to some doctors and they came to the conclusion that I was dealing with obviously being depressed. I was having panic attacks and they were overwhelming me to the point where I needed to go to the hospital on two separate occasions – once in San Diego and once that nobody had been told about. I went to the hospital in Cincinnati when the team was on the road. It was a very, very scary and crazy night where I had to call 911 at three or four in the morning. It was probably the scariest moment I had ever dealt with in my life.

As someone who, from time to time, might be described as lacking sensitivity, I understand that the slight likely wasn’t intentionally offensive, but nonetheless, it’s rare that an athlete, let alone a baseball player, publicly talks about his mental sufferings like Votto did. To later see it referenced, even unknowingly, in a joking manner, leaves a rather unlikable taste in one’s mouth.

And The Rest

Does the whole outrage over certain players not attending the All-Star game ring a little bit less than true to you? Well, if the outrage is coming from Joe Buck, it likely is.

If the Washington Nationals don’t bring J.C. Romero up from Triple A soon, there’s a very good chance that he’ll join the New York Yankees.

Speaking of relievers on the move, Joakim Soria’s no trade clause lists six teams: Braves, Dodgers, Phillies, Red Sox, Rockies and Yankees. Keep in mind that teams listed as part of a no trade clause are often done so as a means of squeezing out a few dollars more for the player to compensate his waiving of the clause.

The North American Baseball League sounds like a lot of fun.

It’s hard to imagine that the Colorado Rockies would be interested in trading Ubaldo Jiminez when their reportedly interested in acquiring a starting pitcher prior to the July 31st trade deadline.

If anyone is going to switch leagues through realignment, it’s going to be the Houston Astros.

Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez is either paying homage to his daughter, or guarding against ever forgetting her name.

Speaking of homages, San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson paid his to Le Tour during last night’s ESPY Awards.

Terry Francona doesn’t care much for the All-Star Game, and apparently he’s not alone.

So, maybe it’s time for Major League Baseball to take a good, long look at its marketing strategy.

Major League Baseball is reportedly interested in a downtown ballpark for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

There’s a reason that Matt Kemp is such a sharp dressed man.

Things have the potential to get very, very ugly in Minnesota because of a government shutdown.

St. Louis Cardinals beat reporter would like to give Toronto Blue Jays fans some hope when it comes to acquiring center fielder Colby Rasmus:

Keep your eye on the Toronto Blue Jays. They possess what the Cards need. LH relievers Mark Rzepczynski and Luis Perez plus young starters Brandon Morrow and Ricky Romero represent potential targets. (Perez has been what the Cards’ envisioned from Brian Tallet, a wipeout talent against LH bats but vulnerable against rights.) Towering RH Jon Rauch is the Jays’ closer pro tem but may fit in a set-up role here. The Cardinals have had interest in him before.

I can do all things through helicopters which strengthen me: