Zack Greinke comments upset Australian dignitaries
“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