Votto best up North, eh?

Today, Joey Votto received the 2010 Lou Marsh Award which honors Canada’s top athlete. 

Others in the running for the award were:  Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Scott Virtue and Tesse Moir, Georges St-Pierre, Alexandre Bilodeau, Christine Nesbitt and Joannie Rochette.

Just to provide some perspective, some of Votto’s countrymen in the MLB include Jason Bay, Jason Morneau, Ryan Dempster and Jesse Crain. 

For those interested (I was so I looked him up), Lou Marsh was an Ontario-born athlete of a renaissance nature.  In the early 20th century, he was a sprinter, played rugby, sailed, among other sports.  He followed up his athletic career by becoming one of Canada’s premiere boxing and hockey referees. 

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