Zack Cozart got a pair of donkey shoes as a gift for making the All-Star team

Zack Cozart got a pair of donkey shoes as a gift for making the All-Star team

Big League Stew

MIAMI — The best randomly weird story about this year’s MLB All-Star game is Zack Cozart getting a donkey from Cincinnati Reds teammate Joey Votto for making the team. And the tale got even more spectacular Tuesday.

Cozart, the starting shortstop for the NL squad, got yet another donkey gift from a teammate — this time a pair of sneakers from teammate Adam Duvall who had them customized to include Donkey from “Shrek” on the right toe and the phrase “Life is better with a donkey” on the left toe.

The shoes were created by Miami-based cleat-customization expert Soles By Sir, who works extensively with NFL players. Here they are, in all their donkey glory:

Zack Cozart got a pair of custom donkey shoes from teammate Adam Duvall. (Soles By Sir)

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Zack Cozart got a pair of custom donkey shoes from teammate Adam Duvall. (Soles By Sir)

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Cozart started to laugh inside the National League All-Star clubhouse at Marlins Park on Tuesday when asked about the shoes.

“I was like ‘Oh my God,’” Cozart said. “I thought it was cool that a teammate of mine would do something like that.”

“That’s dope,” Votto exclaimed when Yahoo Sports showed him a picture of the shoes. “Can’t believe I didn’t get them.”

Last year, Votto promised to buy Cozart a donkey if he made the All-Star team after hearing about Cozart taking his son to a donkey farm in Arizona. Cozart didn’t make the team then, but he did this year. And ever since it looked like Cozart had a chance to head to Miami — his first All-Star selection — the Year of the Donkey became a hilarious storyline surrounding the Reds.

Duvall reached out to Soles By Sir (real name: Marcus Rivero) on Saturday, asking about doing a quick-turnaround customization for Cozart. So immediately Rivero went to work looking for the right pair of Adidas Alpha Bounces to customize.

“It was a mission,” Rivero says. “Adidas had to call the equipment manager at the University of Miami, who met me Sunday at the stadium to give me the kicks.”

This request was a first, Rivero said. No athlete had ever asked to put a donkey on a pair of shoes.

“When I heard it, I literally laughed out loud with Adam,” Rivero says. “The first thing that hit me was the donkey from ‘Shrek.’ ”

The shoes arrived Tuesday at Cozart’s All-Star hotel. Well, after one small problem — Duvall sent them to the wrong Marriott hotel. Luckily, Duvall gave Cozart a head’s up to expect a present. So Duvall sent someone to retrieve the shoes and get them to Cozart.

“When Duvall said he had something coming for me, I thought what could he have sent me?” Cozart says.  “I thought it was a bottle of wine or something.”

Nope. Donkey shoes.

They’re not cleats, so you won’t see them in Tuesday night’s All-Star game. But Cozart plans to wear them during Reds batting practice soon.

As for the donkey? That’s coming soon too.

“We have a 10-game homestead after the break,” Cozart says. “I’m pretty sure it’s going to show up during that homestand.”

Then he’ll have to figure out where to put the donkey. At least the shoes can just go in the closet.

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  • Had the amazing opportunity to make some cool family inspired customs for @therealbcraw35 . I also was able to make his wife @jalynnecrawford a couple cool glitter pairs.

#SolesBySir #1of1 #customCleats #BrandonCrawford
  • Wouldn’t miss this for the world.

When you’re a C-A-N-E, your blood is ALWAYS orange and green.

Thanks to my dude @warrensapp for the amazing seats fam.

#SolesBySir #1of1 #customKicks #Canes
  • My fellow @columbushs_miami alum, @showtimealmonte rocking his 1of1’s for @mlb Players Weekend.

He wanted to pay tribute to his roots in Allapatah and the Phantoms, which is his father youth baseball team. To make it even more meaningful, we added all of the little leaguers names on there.

#SolesBySir #1of1 #customCleats #YencyAlmonte #adelante
  • Check out this video showcasing how “La Piedra” Luis Castillo and I made some cool 1of1 cleats for MLB’s players weekend.

Video via @LasMayores
  • Here’s one for all my Colombian followers.

Please help me welcome @urshela10 to the 1of1 familia.

We went with the Colombian flag on one shoe, while then going with the Cartagena flag on the other while sprinkling in some names of some family members.

#SolesBySir #1of1 #customCleats #GioUrshela
  • When @yunitogurriel and I were game planning this pair, he gave me free reign to do me. He wanted to make sure the the two logos of the teams he played for in Cuba made it on there.

So i started spraying and decided it was only right to use the 3D diamond pattern in the back of the cleat to make a cool textured Piña (pineapple), since he goes by “Piña Power”. When I say this year’s #PlayersWeekend cleats are going to be Wild, I’m probably under selling it.

#SolesBySir #1of1 #customCleats #LourdesGurriel
  • I’m honored to welcome “MR. 91” aka @vladdyjr27 to the 1of1 family.

Was a big fan of his dad @supervlad27 growing up so to be able to collab on a couple pairs this weekend, was super cool.

Im predicting 2 HOMERUNS these weekend.

#SolesBySir #1of1 #customCleats #VladimirGuerreroJr
  • 2 Days.

It’s great to be a MIAMI HURRICANE.

Just wrapped these bad boys up for my dude and fellow Alum @warrensapp.

#SolesBySir #1of1 #customKicks #WarenSapp
  • Cali kid vibes for my dude AND this year’s @mlb ALL STAR MVP, @shane_bieber.

Best part is, his players weekend nickname is “Not Justin” hahahaha.

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