In a world where athletes can’t seem to remember if they actually took Performance Enhancing Drugs, it is rare to find a MLB player who is so honest. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke may be too honest for some, but telling the truth is still the best way to go–at least that’s what Greinke says.
A six-year deal with $147 million guaranteed is more than enough reason to be honest. Greinke said he could have played for the worst team in baseball as long as they paid him the most. Wow. That means if the Houston Astros at 55-107 would have stepped up to the plate, Greinke would have truly been a Texan. I don’t think so.
Quit kidding around. He wanted the most money from the best franchise. In the end, Greinke interviewed with two teams: the Texas Rangers, and the Dodgers. Both teams had a plan and a sales pitch for this major money pitcher.
It would be nice to hear why he chose to go west. Maybe it was the climate? I’m betting it was the money and I’m also betting he liked the rich history of the Dodgers.
Who wouldn’t? The Dodgers franchise has a past that proved they knew how to win. They have owners and a manager who want to win now. The Dodgers do have the highest payroll, but they also have a team ready to rise. Why not take your talents to LA?
They could have the best pitching in baseball right now. A rotation of Clayton Kershaw: 18-7, 2.65 ERA; Zack Greinke: 15-10, 3.45 ERA; Josh Beckett: 13-7, 3.26 ERA; Chad Billingsley: 7-7, 3.61 ERA; $26 million dollar Korean sensation Ryu Hyun-jin, and don’t forget about Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano, and Aaron Harang.
So before we hand out the most honest man of the year award, true-Blue Dodger fans should listen to how Greinke and the boys of summer get along in the dugout. More importantly, look at how they perform on the field. That’s when we’ll see how honest and how good Greinke really is.