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Zack Greinke calls Chris Carpenter a “phony”

Oct 8, 2011, 7:14 PM EST

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Pre-series trash-talking is as rare as it is awesome in this modern era of Major League Baseball.

The Cardinals and Brewers don’t like each other. It’s a feud that goes back several years, to when the “Brew Crew” began celebrating their regular season victories by un-tucking their jerseys. Loud-mouthed center fielder Nyjer Morgan has only helped fuel that fire with his arrival in Milwaukee this year, and now another newcomer is getting in on the act.

Here’s what NLCS Game 1 starter Zack Greinke told a group of reporters Saturday when asked about the relationship between the two National League Central rivals — and specifically NLCS Game 3 starter Chris Carpenter — during a press conference at Miller Park (via Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch):

“A lot of guys on our team don’t like Carpenter. … His attitude out there sometimes is like a phony attitude.”

Strong words about a 36-year-old ace, fresh off the finest pitching performance of his career. Let’s hope, for entertainment purposes, that both sides remain pissed off and talkative throughout the seven-game set.

  1. spudchukar - Oct 9, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Somewhere Bob Gibson is reading this, chuckling, and wishing he was about 40 years younger and facing Greinke.

  2. jake1935 - Jan 2, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    What it always comes down to is the Cardinals were the WORLD CHAMPS and the Brew Crew were just another also ran cry baby average baseball club
    Next time try to play ball not play your mouth I hope you learmed your lesson ar if you want we can do it AGAIN next year.

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