"I don't want people following me around, everywhere I go, people talking to me and stuff," he said. "I don't want to be walking down the street with a bodyguard. I don't think that will be an issue playing in L.A."
"I was just driving through there; it's the biggest city in the universe. How far it goes, I don't know how big it is, but that thing never ends," he said of Los Angeles.
The Dodgers knew he felt like this, which is why the most impressive part of his free-agent interview was how and where it was conducted. Most top free agents insist on teams traveling to see them and their phalanx of agents, but Greinke insisted on flying from his Orlando home to Los Angeles with his wife, Emily. Once here, he drove to Dodger Stadium for the interview by himself.
"It was one of most impressive sit-down meetings I've had with a player," General Manager Ned Colletti said. "He was by himself, giving us completely unfiltered answers. It was like, 'Here I am, guys.'"
Here he is, indeed, even though, once the season begins, his Dodgers teammates will barely notice him. He has become so resilient in so many ways, yet remains so vulnerable in others. He won't be part of this Dodgers clubhouse chemistry business, as he often stays to himself, unwilling to endure small talk.
"I don't like to just talk about nothing, or less than nothing," he said. "If it's something interesting, I'm fine with it, but, 'Hey, Zack, how is your day?' People ask that and somebody actually tells them what happened in their day? I don't have any real interest in that."
All the Dodgers need to know about Zack Greinke's day, they will know when he shows up. Every day is a challenging day. Every day is great day.