The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will kick off the 2014 MLB season when they suit up to play each other in Australia in a few weeks. For the most part, the players appear eager to play in the opening series on a different continent. However, Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke is less than thrilled about it. In fact, his comments landed him in hot water with Australian officials.
The right-hander didn’t respond positively when he was asked about his excitement level in regards to the trip to Australia.
“I would say there is absolutely zero excitement for it. There just isn’t any excitement to it,” Greinke said, according to ESPN Los Angeles. “I can’t think of one reason to be excited for it.”
Naturally, the Australian officials, who are part of the organizational process, were less than amused with Greinke’s unenthusiastic comments. Even though the fine people of Australia have every reason to be upset, what they must not realize is that Greinke has clear social anxiety issues, which makes him a creature of routine. Once that routine is broken or he travels outside his comfort zone, all the pleasantness goes out the window. Obviously, taking a lengthy trip to Australia two weeks prior to the start of the regular season is far beyond any level of comfort Greinke is used to.
The Dodgers have attempted to play it off that Greinke is incredibly focused with his job and doesn’t want to endure a drastic change to his routine. They also showed plenty of enthusiasm with a comment about how there simply isn’t enough room to accommodate everyone who would like to make the trip.
Since Greinke is the No. 2 starter in the rotation, there’s a good chance he will suit up for a game. It will be interesting to see what happens when he takes the mound in Australia.