Cozart’s all-star re­ward: a don­key

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

DEN­VER — Zack Cozart’s all-star se­lec­tion comes with a real kick: His own pet don­key.

The Cincinnati Reds short­stop had an agree­ment with team­mate Joey Votto, who promised a largeeared an­i­mal as a re­ward for mak­ing Ma­jor League Base­ball’s Na­tional League all-star team. Hav­ing earned the hon­our for the first time, Cozart is look­ing for­ward to the four-hooved fella’s ar­rival.

“Who knows? It might even show up here,” Cozart cracked be­fore the Reds opened a four-game se­ries against Colorado on Mon­day.

He will wait for feed­back from fans be­fore pick­ing a name.

Cozart wants to stick to a base­ball-themed moniker for the ad­di­tion to his an­i­mal farm, which cur­rently con­sists of two minia­ture Dober­mans.

Cozart cred­its Votto for help­ing him gain late votes. The Toronto na­tive re­cently dressed up in a don­key’s cos­tume on MLB Net­work’s “In­ten­tional Talk” to en­tice fans to cast their ballot for Cozart, who fin­ished about 86,000 votes ahead of Los An­ge­les Dodgers short­stop Corey Sea­ger.

“When you get the former MVP to do stuff like that, it helps out,” Cozart said.

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