Posted February 24, 2014

Dodgers starter Zack Greinke has ‘absolutely zero excitement’ for Australia trip

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Zack Greinke (Harry How/Getty Images)

Zack Greinke is 106-82 in 10 MLB seasons with the Royals, Brewers, Angels and Dodgers. (Harry How/Getty Images)

The Dodgers and Diamondbacks will kick off the 2014 MLB regular season in Sydney, Australia, next month, and Zack Greinke will likely start one of the two games for L.A.

But he’s not happy about it.

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

However, Greinke added that he understands the reason for the trip.

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

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Still, the organizers for the opening series are not happy with Greinke’s statements and have asked for an explanation from the players association, the team or Greinke himself before responding, according to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald.

“Zack has this endearing, contrarian quality to him that we all know and love about him,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten said. “He’s famously focused and meticulous about his training regimen. It’s what makes him so good and such a great teammate. This is clearly going to alter his routine. I understand that aspect of it.

“But my problem right now is trying to make room for all the people that want to go — players, family, front-office people. As an organization, we couldn’t be more excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

The games will be played more than one week before opening day for the rest of the league, and so the Dodgers are reportedly considering leaving reigning NL Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw back in the United States. Kershaw pitched a career-high 259 innings last season (including the playoffs) and manager Don Mattingly doesn’t want him pitching too many innings early in the season.

That could mean Greinke will get the nod for the first Australia game.

Last season, Greinke’s first with the Dodgers, the 30-year-old went 15-4 with a 2.63 ERA.

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16 comments
John4
John4

Zach Greinke - you close minded dunce.  A trip to Australia in the spring and you aren't excited about it?  What is wrong with you?  (You know, there is a huge world outside of US borders just waiting to be discovered).

fabio.fantone
fabio.fantone

I'm a Dodger fan, but I have to say the players need to be more diplomatic in these situations. Yes, it throws you off your usual spring training routine, but its a small price to pay for having one of the dream jobs on this planet. These players need to keep a little perspective, that all.

oasis1994
oasis1994

In 20 - 30 years there will be no humans playing any sports. There will  be robots so that GMs can stop paying these babies  millions to complain about their job where they are making a hell of a lot more than the average person in the USA; the world. When this happens we can let the rules go back to how they were and we will have home plate collisions again. All sports are becoming insane with zero contact. What a fraile bunch of babies we have raised in the USA.

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

Going to Australia would be a lot safer than playing in LA. I hear their fans beat and kill people for no reason.

Ted13
Ted13

"Kershaw blows off trip to Australia, written into his $215M contract" would be a better story. I don't blame Greinke and am glad my team isn't going to Australia to play 2 games that count.

Oilers21
Oilers21

What else can we expect from someone who makes millions of dollars and gets to travel anywhere he wants? It probably just seems like a giant headache. For me, I got to go to Australia and New Zealand a few months ago and it was the trip of a lifetime. To have got to play baseball while I was there would have been even more amazing


The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

He's probably still upset that he was tossed like a rag doll by Quentin.

Disbott3000
Disbott3000

It's a dang long flight, so all the players will be terribly jetlagged when they get back and have to start playing games. It also causes them to have to shorten their preseason routine by a full week, which might mess up creatures of habit, like Greinke apparently is. There are probably a lot more players and coaches who are not too pleased with all this, but do not have Greinke's "I say what I want" attitude and won't say so. I'm no fan of his or the Dodgers, but I support him 100%. He's allowed to dread flying halfway around the world to play 2 baseball games if that's how he feels and I don't think he should have to lie and say he's pumped up about it. 

Judge Smails
Judge Smails

Sydney is a beautiful city and the people are wonderful!

John4
John4

@Disbott3000  It's a first class flight, probably with sleep compartments.  So the players will arrive well rested after such a long sleep.  Zach Greinke should learn to be a better sport for the sport that pays him an insane amount of money.

oasis1994
oasis1994

@Disbott3000  Seriously?

They are making millions, I do not feel bad for any of them. Shut up and play. If you don't want to go, then give the Dodgers back all your money and go flip burgers for minimum wage. Lets see how fast he goes back to baseball and loves traveling to Sydney.