Zack Greinke pitched the first several innings of Sunday’s Angels-Rangers game with his last name misspelled on the back of his jersey.
As you can see in the screen shot above provided by Mock Session, Greinke’s last name was misspelled “Grienke.” After the mistake was pointed out, the Angels fixed things and Greinke returned with a jersey that had his last name spelled properly, but he still pitched for about an hour before that issue was solved prior to the bottom of the 5th inning.
The jersey may have brought him some bad luck. Greinke had his worst outing in five weeks, allowing four runs over the first three innings after going seven consecutive starts without allowing more than two runs. When it was pointed out that the Rangers scored all their runs off Greinke when his jersey had his name misspelled, he had a funny response.
“That’s right,” Greinke said according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Reigster. “We’d have won much easier if it wasn’t for him.”
How did he end up wearing a jersey with his name misspelled?
“I didn’t notice. I didn’t care,” said Greinke, who admitted it probably his fault because he reached into his locker for his second jersey rather than wearing the one hanging in front for him, Plunkett reports.
It was that sort of mistake that resulted in Greinke having a wardrobe malfunction with the Brewers last year.
Believe it or not, this sort of mistake actually happens quite frequently.