Cozart’s all-star reward: a donkey
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.