According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian organizers of the Opening Day series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks are unhappy with Zack Greinke’s recent comments regarding the Australia trip. Speaking to ESPNLosAngeles, Greinke had this to say:
"I would say there is absolutely zero excitement for it. There just isn't any excitement to it. I can't think of one reason to be excited for it."
Although the Australian officials have not yet responded to Greinke’s comments, the report indicated that they are “far from thrilled” with what they referred to as “Greinke’s outburst.” The report stated that the officials are awaiting an explanation of Greinke’s comments from Dodger officials.
It is well known throughout baseball that Greinke is candid and direct when asked a question. It should not be surprising that a pitcher – especially one known as a creature of habit – would be displeased with the trip to Australia that has caused the Dodgers to have to accelerate their Spring Training schedule.
According to the report, officials in Australia are also unhappy with the fact that the Dodgers are considering leaving Clayton Kershaw home for the series. There are genuine concerns with Kershaw’s workload, and the Dodgers are justified in trying to protect the pitcher they recently signed to a $215 million contract extension.
While Greinke should have taken a much more diplomatic approach, it is likely that many of the players have mixed feelings about the trip. It is a great opportunity for both the Dodgers and Diamondbacks to serve as baseball ambassadors, but it also has had a significant impact on their normal season preparations.
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