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JV: Brandon Phillips [laughs] and I are tested probably five to seven times a year—HGH included.
DP: What is the process?
JV: Blood test for HGH. Urine samples for everything else. Pants down. Microscope right next to your groin. They can do that as often and as randomly as they want.
DP: Am I safe to predict the Reds will win the NL Central?
JV: Yeah, I think you're good with that. The Pirates, they are awfully pesky. Holy cow. The Cardinals are always the Cardinals. I hate to say it out loud ... it doesn't feel the same without Albert [Pujols] there. Carlos Beltran has replaced him well. But Albert is a pretty special player.
DP: At what point do you become Joe Votto?
JV: My dad was Joe Votto. I've always been Joey Votto.
DP: But can you be Joey at 60?
JV: At some point I should probably grow up. I was born Joseph, so I could take that on.
DP: Do you want to declare that now?