Posted February 25, 2014 01:06 am

Zack Greinke's comments a refreshing change

2 cents

Athletes and coaches have become really good at speaking in clichés when they face the media after a monumental showdown.

It’s a pet peeve of mine and a co-worker even laughs at me for griping about what I call “canned quotes.”

You’ve heard them after a game. Just a few examples include:

  • “It was a well-played game and we’re just fortunate we came out ahead.”
  • “It’s too bad one team had to lose.”
  • “We worked very hard in practice this week, and I’m glad the work paid off.”

It’s giving the writers “something” when the athletes don’t want to say anything.

This will explain why I appreciate the recent candid comments from Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke.

The Dodgers play the Arizona Diamondbacks in a season-opening series in Australia on March 22 and 23. The series at the Sydney Cricket Ground was planned between Australian officials, MLB, the players association and the two teams.

Greinke said there is “zero excitement” for the Dodgers’ season opener in Australia. “I can’t think of one reason to be excited for it,” Greinke told ESPN.

Wow, great honesty. But, according to an Australian newspaper, Greinke’s comments stirred up Australian officials who are demanding an explanation.

The Dodgers will play 10 to 15 fewer Cactus League games because of the trip. Greinke, who suffers from social anxiety, isn’t happy.

And Dodgers president Stan Kasten understands.

Greinke is “ famously focused and meticulous about his training regimen. It’s what makes him so good and such a great teammate,” Kasten said. “This is clearly going to alter his routine. Zack has this endearing, contrarian quality to him that we all know and love about him.”

Refreshing candor, refreshing story.