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Zack Greinke has upset some Australians

Feb 23, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT

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Dodgers starter Zack Greinke told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles on Saturday that he “can’t think of one reason to be excited” for his club’s season-opening showcase against the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 22-23 at the Sydney Cricket Grounds in eastern Australia. Those comments have not gone unnoticed down under.

A few excerpts from the Sydney Morning Herald:

Organisers in Sydney are far from thrilled with Greinke’s outburst but are holding off on making comment until they’ve spoken to relevant parties in America.

The opening series at the SCG has been planned in close consultation with the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Dodgers and Diamondbacks clubs, and Australian baseball representatives have now asked for a please explain.

Arizona pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Patrick Corbin have spoken of their desire to be a part of history in Sydney, but it seems big brothers the Dodgers may feel the venture is beneath them.

The Dodgers are also reportedly considering leaving their No.1 pitching ace Clayton Kershaw back in the United States, with their March 22-23 opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney looking more like a chore for the powerhouse side than a historic chance to spread the baseball gospel.

Greinke is celebrated for being open and honest, but he was probably too open and honest in this case. A trip to Australia is a once-in-a-lifetime thing for most U.S. citizens and spreading baseball passion is a worthy pursuit. Nobody wants to hear a $147 million pitcher whine about being slightly inconvenienced.

Greinke is tentatively scheduled to start the second game of the two-game Australian series.

  1. madnova - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Wait, someone got upset that Greinke has a survival instinct?

  2. madhatternalice - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    I have no problem with this. If you don’t want an honest answer, don’t ask the question.

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      I couldn’t agree more Mad Hatter. Yet…guys like Tony Stewart, AJ Foyt and Bob Knight are vilified for it.

      • mpzz - Feb 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        Bob Knight? He’d have been better off to be a janitor. That way no one would have cared what his pompous, egotistical thoughts were.

      • stlouis1baseball - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        Thanks for proving my point. But we both know he is one of the best to have ever coached the college game. I know it hurts. But I also know you know it to be the truth. Which makes me smile.

  3. stercuilus65 - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    “Outburst” ? “Whine” ? Yeah this is the height of journalism here.

  4. mpzz - Feb 25, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Can’t blame Greinke on this one. A long trip like that is no way to prepare for a grueling season. Beyond that, the sole reason for it is the greed of the owners.

  5. hohofosho - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    If he pitches like he did last season he can whine about Australia all he wants

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