Zack Greinke comments upset Australian dignitaries

  • David Whitlock

“Watch your mouth.”
“Think before you speak.”
“If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all.”

All things we heard from our moms when we were little.  Zack Greinke would have been wise to heed that advice as he spoke publicly that he’s less than excited about pitching in Australia for the 2014 MLB opening series on March 22 and 23.  Well, Australia wasn’t amused to say the least.  According to the Sydney Morning Herald, officials are speaking to “relevant parties” in the United States:

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 [Sydney Cricket Ground] 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.

What I’m sure will happen next is that apologies and recants will be forthcoming.  Like the NFL and NBA, MLB is looking to foreign soil for additional interest and revenues.  Australia is a regular participant in the World Baseball Classic (with alumni like Craig Shipley and Graeme Lloyd).  And there are worse places to go than Australia!  I’ll gladly take Greinke’s seat on the plane!!

– David Whitlock

Image credit to CBS Eye on Baseball

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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