Some time during the months-long period of MLB All-Star voting, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto announced that if shortstop Zack Cozart was named to his first All-Star team, Votto would buy him a donkey.

Well, sure enough, Cozart—who is having a breakout year, hitting .311/.389/.538 was voted to start the game, meaning Votto had to pay up.

And sure enough, when Cozart took the field at Great American Ball Park on Saturday hours before the Reds played the Nationals, a donkey, reportedly named Amos, was waiting for him.

But per Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Inquirer, the donkey that Votto had show up at the park Saturday is not actually the donkey Cozart will get to take home to Tennessee. That donkey is apparently being raised elsewhere.

No one should be surprised that Votto followed through with this thoroughly ridiculous promise. Votto repeated his donkey vow to anyone who would listen, even demanding he be interviewed about it. Plus, this is the same guy who once had 51 pizzas delivered to the visiting clubhouse in honor of No. 51 Ichiro Suzuki.

Hopefully Cozart enjoys getting to know Amos and then takes good care of the unidentified baby donkey he’ll soon bring home.

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