The Dodgers will open their season in far-off Australia this year with a two game baseball goodwill series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Pretty cool deal, unless you’re Dodgers starter Zack Greinke, who has a massive travel aversion and isn’t one bit thrilled about the prospect of opening the 2014 campaign in Sydney.
“I would say there is absolutely zero excitement for it,” Greinke told ESPNLosAngeles.com when asked about the trip. “There just isn’t any excitement to it. I can’t think of one reason to be excited for it.”
I don’t know Zack, the chance to travel a little? Expand your horizons? Experience a new culture?
Forget all that. Zack Greinke, being a pitcher, is only concerned about maintaining the routine. The Australia trip throws a wrench in the whole routine, so Greinke is annoyed.
Greinke as we know is also an admitted social anxiety disorder sufferer, and people with that particular affliction just don’t like dealing with unfamiliar environments, the hassles of travel and all that.
Though they would never admit it, there are probably others in the Dodgers organization who would just as soon not make the long trip, which will create an annoying week’s lay-off for the club before the state-side schedule kicks in.
The Dodgers are mainly concerned about their pitching rotation, and are reportedly contemplating leaving Clayton Kershaw home so as not to mess things up too much.
Zack Greinke sounds like he wishes they would leave him home as well. Don’t worry Zack, you can just DVR your shows. You won’t miss anything.