On the day before baseball's
The day was particularly special for
Greinke, selected as the
Greinke can be blunt, dry, funny and incisive, far more so than most of his contemporaries. But he does not particularly enjoy public speaking, and he saw no need to change amid the giddiness surrounding the All-Star game. He was asked whether he might like to say a few words, and said no.
After the news conference, Greinke spoke with a handful of reporters. When a television crew summoned him for an appearance, he declined.
"No live TV," he said. "I always mess up."
Greinke, in his third and possibly final season with the
"I've probably changed more than anyone else in baseball over the past 10 years," Greinke said. "There have been a lot of changes, going from control pitcher to power pitcher to power pitcher that wasn't very good to control pitcher that was OK. I'm kind of a mix right now."
Kershaw marvels at how Greinke manages to evolve and succeed.
"I can't do it the way he does it," Kershaw said. "He's a better athlete or something, because he just is able to repeat and repeat and repeat, and throw strikes, and paint and command with four pitches and reinvent himself over and over again, really with less effort than I'm able to do it.
"Just all the way around, it takes more effort for me. We're wired a little different, obviously, but I think Zack could roll out of bed and paint. If I take a day off, I don't know where it's going to go."
Greinke is widely expected to opt out of his contract after the season, meaning he would forfeit three years and a guaranteed $71 million in search of a longer deal. He turns 32 in October.
Max Scherzer, who turns 31 this month, got seven years and $210 million from the
Greinke declined to discuss his opt-out decision. He said he has enjoyed his time with the Dodgers, citing the league-leading attendance, the new clubhouse, and the coaching and training staffs.
"And we win," he said. "It's a pretty darned good combination. If you get rid of some of the traffic, it would be perfect.
"Or: closer to the beach. One of the two."
How many teams could offer that kind of combination?
"If you take out the beach part, there's probably a couple," he said, "but only a couple."
The Dodgers have won the
"Having Ryu healthy is a big difference," Greinke said. "He was such a good pitcher. So there were three elite pitchers. Brett has done a terrific job, but Ryu was on a different level, even though I am a big fan of Brett."
The Dodgers hope to trade for a starting pitcher, or two, before the July 31 nonwaiver deadline. However, Greinke does not believe the Dodgers' front office will deploy the team's virtually unlimited payroll to make a win-at-all-cost deal.
"We could bring in anyone we want, but is it going to be worth the cost?" Greinke said. "It's not like this is the last season the Dodgers are ever going to play. They've got to think beyond who they could bring in for this year's benefit."
Kershaw said last year that the Dodgers' season would not be successful if the team did not advance to the
"Probably, but I don't view it as any pressure. That's our goal every year, to win the World Series, like it is at most places. In L.A., it really is," said Greinke, who played the first seven seasons of his career with the
"In Kansas City, most of the time, if we'd have made it to the playoffs, we would have been happy," Greinke said. "But our team wasn't that good."
He will be the first Dodgers pitcher to start an All-Star game since