Zack Greinke On Being 'The Bad Guy' Kansas City

Former Kansas City Royals and current Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke is an odd duck to say the least. Entertaining, but odd. He's not in Kansas City anymore so we're not inundated daily with what he has to say but he does, once in a while, talk about the Royals.

Here's a classic quote from the man himself in a story by Sam Mellinger of the KC Star today:

"Eventually I need to stop answering questions about this," he says. "But I kind of had to play the bad guy in order to do it. It'd be nice if it didn't happen, but the way things were in Kansas City, if I just kept on being this great person, the fans would've been outraged if I'd been traded. So I kind of had to be the bad guy.

"The fans, I don't know why, but it seemed like they really liked me. As the general manager or coach or owner of the team, the fans recognize what you do, and if you do something none of the fans like, it's going to be backlash on the organization. So if you make it to where (the fans) understand why the general manager and owner did what they did, then it's not as bad of a situation for them. And it makes it easier to make the move."

As Mellinger suggests, it's classic Greinke. Some pro athletes traded away may say something like that to regain favor with the fans. With Greinke, you know he's simply being honest. 

The full story on Greinke is worth a read.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Kansas City

You must be a member of SB Nation Kansas City to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Kansas City. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Kansas City

You must be a member of SB Nation Kansas City to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Kansas City. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.