Zack Greinke Lands with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Looks Forward to Annually Battling for World Series RingDecember 13, 2012 – 10:50 am by Eric Schmoldt
Zack Greinke isn’t particularly the type of player who likes the big-market lifestyle, but he’s going to have to deal with it after signing a six-year, $147 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Greinke said he laid out a list of 10 things he was looking for in his new team, and the Dodgers passed the test on nine of the 10 items.
Zack Greinke joined Fox Sports Radio with Petros and Money to discuss the process in choosing to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the financial commitments made by the Dodgers, pitching in a big market, Magic Johnson and the difference between pitching in the National and American Leagues.
What was the process like that you went through to eventually choose the Dodgers?:
“I guess the first month or whatever, you’re just feeling what teams are interested and then you meet a couple of them. I met a couple teams, talked to them about their organization. … The I guess you kind of narrow it down from there til you find the one that you’re interested in and they’re most interested. … It all happens kind of fast at the end it’s kind of hectic. … I made a list of 10 things I’m looking for in an organization, and they were just missing one, and it was a small one, too. It’s just the fact that I’m from Florida and I have to fly out the way out to California to play.”
On the commitments made by the Dodgers, financially:
“Even before then, they had a lot of good things going for them, but probably the No. 1 thing that I was looking for was the chance to win for the next six years, or to have a chance to win a World Series for the rest of my career. Now they have that.”
How different is it to throw in a big city?:
“The biggest thing is pitching in different parks. They all kind of have their own feel, kind of, to them. When you’re pitching, you’re just playing. … A lot of things about big cities are positive.”
Did you think it was a big deal when Magic Johnson is part of the ownership group?:
“I think it is a bigger deal in L.A. than it is in Florida, but it’s still a big deal. People around here seem to seem to get really, really excited whenever they talk about Magic Johnson. Obviously I understand how huge he was in the day, and how good he’s done … but being from Florida, it is really huge over here, how big he is.”
On the differences pitching in the National League and the American League:
“You know what? The biggest difference, probably, is the fact that you can sometimes plan your outs and innings around the pitcher’s spot. There’s a little more strategy in how you’re going to approach certain hitters, according to the lineup. It took me a little while to understand that, pitching in Milwaukee. In the end, it’s not much different.”
What’s it going to be like dealing with the big-market mentality?:
“I don’t think anyone really likes dealing with the media. It’s just part of the job. I don’t think it’ll be a big deal, but it’s just something you’ve got to do. And you probably have to do a little bit more in L.A.”