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Monday, May 21, 2018

Zack Greinke not excited about playing games in Australia

Zack-Greinke-DodgersZack Greinke is one of the better pitchers in Major League Baseball. He represents one-half of perhaps the best 1-2 starting pitching punch you’ll find, although Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer would likely have something to say about that.

Greinke is also generally not shy when it comes to letting us know how he feels on certain matters. When asked if the size of the contract offered by the Los Angeles Dodgers was a factor in his decision to sign with the team the former All-Star was brutally honest. Some didn’t like the response, others did. In a nutshell, it was Zack Greinke being Zack Greinke.

One month from today the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will get their 2014 seasons underway when they meet for a two-game series in Australia. It’s expected Greinke will start one of the games, which will give those in attendance a chance to see the 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear the 30-year-old is too excited about the experience, although he does understand its importance.

“I would say there is absolutely zero excitement for it,” Greinke told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “There just isn’t any excitement to it. I can’t think of one reason to be excited for it.”

“It’s a baseball thing. It’s an ownership thing, spreading stuff around,” Greinke said. “That’s what it’s for and it’s for the greater good of baseball.”

As fans we often want players from our favorite teams to say what they really feel and not always give guarded, politically correct responses to questions. Then there are times when they do say what’s on their mind and we wish they didn’t.

The six-year deal Greinke signed with the Dodgers will have him in blue and white through 2018, unless he utilizes the ability to opt-out after the 2015 season. Between now and whichever comes first Dodger fans should get used to an unfiltered Zack Greinke.

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