Votto trips the (scoreboard) lights fantastic yet again

Joey Votto watches the flight of a sixth inning solo home run hit Monday off of Jeff Hoffman of the Rockies, as the Reds lost 5-3 at Coors Field. The Reds' first baseman has 24 long balls already, a career high before the All-Star Game.

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Joey Votto watches the flight of a sixth inning solo home run hit Monday off of Jeff Hoffman of the Rockies, as the Reds lost 5-3 at Coors Field. The Reds' first baseman has 24 long balls already, a career high before the All-Star Game.

Reds All-Star first baseman hit his 24th home run of the season in Monday’s loss at Colorado

Joey Votto was named National League Player of the Week Monday, and that was before he hit his 24th home run at Colorado to tie the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger for the NL lead, and in three runs to stand at 62 RBI, tied for fourth

For all the amazing things that the five-time All-Star first baseman has done on baseball diamonds since the Reds drafted him in the second round in 2002, the Toronto native is having his best first half of a season ever, and people are taking notice.

Votto keeps making himself familiar to opposing players, coaches and fans alike.

The last time he had an OBP below .400 in a season was -- as pointed out @AstrosRants -- nearly seven years ago. He’s at .427 now, second in the NL.

That’s just nuts. Check back here Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. to see how Votto set off July 4th-style fireworks on social media a night early, after the Reds lost, 5-3 to the Rockies.

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