One of the shifts was midnight to 8 a.m., and one of the other staffers hated it. He would do anything he could to get out of working it, and the best strategy he came up with was fouling up on the shift as often as he could without getting himself fired.
His strategy worked, and the heads of the bureau stopped scheduling him for the midnight shift, much to the consternation of the rest of us, who became burdened with extra midnight-to-eight shifts.
Zack Greinke, who suffered a calf injury last week, will very likely miss the Los Angeles Dodgers’ season-opening trip to Australia, which will suit him just fine. Had he not been injured, he would most likely have started the second game of the two-game series. Now, though, his appearance is, at best, questionable.
I guess this would fall into the category of whatever the opposite is of being careful what you wish for; you might get it. This is, isn’t it, what Greinke wanted? OK, not an injured calf, but he sure wasn’t looking forward to going to Australia for a couple of baseball games.
“I would say there is absolutely zero excitement for it,” Greinke told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “There just isn’t any excitement to it. I can’t think of one reason to be excited for it.”
Do you think Greinke’s comments might have upset a few people in Australia? Do you think they might have upset a few Major League Baseball officials?
In less time than the time difference between Arizona and Australia, that country’s baseball officials were asking what’s going on here. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Australian officials had contacted MLB and the Dodgers for an explanation of Greinke’s remarks. The Herald said officials were withholding comment “until they’ve spoken to relevant parties in America.”
Before anyone could speak to anybody, Greinke and the Dodgers had more to be concerned about than disparaging remarks about Australia …