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thurman merman
04-09-2009, 07:43 PM
The following is a compilation of quotes from renowned pitcher/wordsmith Zack Greinke of the Kansas City Royals.

"I just wanted to make this clear: I can't live without baseball...It's to the point where it caused problems with my girlfriend because she knows baseball is more important than her. I say, 'Hey, I'm sorry. I love the game that much. You're not even close to being No. 1 -- that's how much I love baseball. I couldn't live without it."

"I cried in bed, moaning 'why, why did this have to happen?'" -- when asked how he reacted to the news of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston breaking up.

"No. She's way more big time than me. She's pretty old too." -- when asked if he thought Jennifer Aniston would date him after the break-up.

"I'd say the average person wouldn't eat a Chipotle burrito and still do his running.. full speed.. like me. That's why they call me special"

"I don't know if we really want to talk about this anymore...it's kind of stupid" -- after talking about golf for about 5 straight minutes in an interview.

"It gives me more time to think or not think, which is a problem." -- when asked what he thought about having an extra day off.

Restaurant customer:"Hey, you're Zack Greinke, right?"
Greinke: looks at him for a second, points at a short, fat Hispanic man next to him, and says, "No. That's Zack Greinke."

"You don't faze me, Gobble." - From one of his mic'd up segment on RSTN, when he's shagging fly balls in the outfield and Gobble runs past right as he's about to catch one.

"I was looking at colleges for me to go to, schools in vacation places like Hawaii, just to get away from everyone I knew, so I could start over. I also thought about mowing lawns for a living because I like to be outdoors. " -- after breaking out of the depression funk he said sometimes he thought about quitting baseball and mowing lawns..

“Because there’s no point to it, I’m not going pro.” -- when asked by a reporter why he had given up the game of golf, even though Greinke was, by most accounts, the best golfer on the Royals at Spring Training in 2008

"If I lived in Kansas City, I probably wouldn't go to a lot of games, but I'd definitely go that one." -- on a pitching matchup where Greinke was facing Daisuke Matsuzaka the second or third game of the year.

Reporter: "Hey Zack, would you mind doing an interview before or after your start tomorrow night?"
Zack: "After is better. Uh, what time does the game start?"
Reporter: "I think it starts at 7:10."
Zack: (With a sly grin across his face) "OK, thanks, now I know."

"Soria, you runnin' today? You're goin' down then. I'm gonna so much faster than you, you're going to be eating my dust." -- talking to Joakim Soria during pre-game warmups.

"I really want to rob a homer today. Really bad. It's all up to the hitters."

"No. Anyone can sign one player." -- when asked if signing Gil Meche to a $55 million deal showed him that the Royals were willing to go out and get free agents to make this team better.

"Well, Davies thinks he's good at everything but he's not really good at anything. He thinks he's good at golf. He thinks he's good at ping-pong. He thinks he's good at basketball. He thinks he's good at tennis. And probably everything else he thinks he's good at. He thinks he's good at cards. But he really is very average at all of them." -- when asked if he knew any surprising facts about his teammates

"Yesterday I saw a good one. I was going to eat, and the person I was with wasn't there yet, so I thought, okay, I'll just watch the sun go down, and it was nice." -- when asked if he had seen any good sunsets in Arizona during Spring Training.

"No. She, like, has a special mouth . . . so that her breath is usually pretty good, but she complains about mine a lot." -- when asked if his girlfriend liked to eat at Chipotle with him.

"It's got to help some other guys, seeing someone as old as he is and playing as long as he has, playing as hard as he is." -- on second baseman Mark Grudzielanek

"Well, one thing is, when you're warming up in the bullpen, they'll spray you sometimes and get you wet." -- when asked what he thought about the fountains at Kauffman Stadium

"There definitely will be flying cars, but whether there'll be flying cars for most people to use, it'll probably take a long time to straighten everything out, all the rules and hassles. It'll take a while to figure out how to keep people from crashing into each other." -- when asked if he thought there would be flying cars in the future.

"No, I'm not a fan of them. We could try to think of someone else we could do it with. But not them." -- when asked if he and his girlfriend would double date with Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson.

"If I hit a guy, I want him to be hurt."

“I was about 20 times smarter before this season started than I am now.”

"Things can go either really bad in two innings or go really good in two innings. You really don't get the whole story." -- on spring training pitching outings.

“Everybody was mad at me for only throwing fastballs and change-ups. So I threw some first-pitch strikes with curveballs. It’s an easy way to get a strike. It’s not like it’s a real hard pitch to throw. You just throw it for a strike."

"Seriously, that was the best pitch I've ever made that got hit over the fence. That was probably the only pitch today that I did exactly what I wanted to do." -- after giving up a home run to Prince Fielder in a spring training game.

"Nice effort by the defense. They didn't get tired of running after balls to the wall. I was pretty impressed by that."

"Me. I'm a better hitter." -- when Greinke was asked by a National League scout, "Should we draft you or Scott Kazmir?"

Those are just the highlights. Updated quotes are frequently posted here:
http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=281&f=2054&t=2454952

Thig Lyfe
04-09-2009, 07:50 PM
I fail to see the Emmitt Smith connection.

thurman merman
04-09-2009, 07:52 PM
I fail to see the Emmitt Smith connection.

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=188176&highlight=emmitt+smith

KcMizzou
04-09-2009, 07:52 PM
I love Greinke.

Beats the hell out of the same 10 tired sports cliches.

BWillie
04-09-2009, 07:53 PM
"Nice effort by the defense. They didn't get tired of running after balls to the wall. I was pretty impressed by that."ROFLROFLROFLROFLROFL

JASONSAUTO
04-09-2009, 07:53 PM
I fail to see the Emmitt Smith connection.

emmitt says the most horrendous shit, greinke not so much IMO

Thig Lyfe
04-09-2009, 07:55 PM
http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=188176&highlight=emmitt+smith

Yeah. Right. Emmitt Smith and Zach Greinke still talk nothing like each other.

KcMizzou
04-09-2009, 07:56 PM
He's like our own Yogi Berra.

Sometimes I think he's screwing with us.

Thig Lyfe
04-09-2009, 07:56 PM
emmitt says the most horrendous shit, greinke not so much IMO

Yeah. Emmitt spouts nonsense. Zach is just hilariously frank and honest.

Thig Lyfe
04-09-2009, 07:57 PM
He's like our own Yogi Berra.

I think he's closer to our own white Ichiro, quote-wise.

Ari Chi3fs
04-09-2009, 07:59 PM
awesome... plus the kid has a smokin girlfriend now!

I dont think this schtick would fly in NYC... good thing he is here in KC

thurman merman
04-09-2009, 08:00 PM
Yeah. Emmitt spouts nonsense. Zach is just hilariously frank and honest.

the main comparison i was trying to make is that they are both utterly hilarious.

JASONSAUTO
04-09-2009, 08:00 PM
He's like our own Yogi Berra.

Sometimes I think he's screwing with us.

i agree he seems to be a VERY smart guy who gets bored with day to day shit so he plays games. nothing wrong with that as long as it doesnt hurt him on field IMO

JASONSAUTO
04-09-2009, 08:01 PM
the main comparison i was trying to make is that they are both utterly hilarious.

well then.... you are right on

JASONSAUTO
04-09-2009, 08:01 PM
awesome... plus the kid has a smokin girlfriend now!

I dont think this schtick would fly in NYC... good thing he is here in KC

IMO thats why he signed his deal. he knows

AustinChief
04-09-2009, 08:01 PM
I promise he is screwing with everyone.... funny as hell.

alnorth
04-09-2009, 08:03 PM
Here's one

A Zack Greinke story: So, there was this game when Royals relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt gave up a home run. He was upset in the dugout, of course, and he stormed around, muttering at himself, “Man, that wasn’t even that bad of a pitch.” Of course, all his teammates kept their distance.

All except Zack Greinke.

“That wasn’t even that bad of a pitch,” Affeldt barked at himself again.

“Actually,” Zack said, “it was a pretty bad pitch.”

Affeldt looked up at Greinke. “Thanks, Zack,” Affeldt said, his voice dripping with sarcasm.

“No,” Zack said, “really, I went back to the clubhouse and looked at the pitch on video. It was a really bad pitch. Right over the middle of the plate, and you got it up. I mean it was a bad pitch.”

“Thanks, Zack,” Affeldt said again.

“Right down the middle. I could have hit it out,” Greinke said.

Affeldt looked into Greinke’s eager face and just shook his head.

“Thanks, Zack,” he said.

“Yeah,” Greinke said, and he walked back to his seat in the dugout.

thurman merman
04-09-2009, 08:24 PM
Here's one

haha yeah i just read that the other day. awesome.

Dr. Facebook Fever
04-09-2009, 08:37 PM
He's like our own Yogi Berra.

Sometimes I think he's screwing with us.

This. I love the guys quirkiness.

Dr. Facebook Fever
04-09-2009, 08:43 PM
Here's one

ROFL

Ohhhh shit....

KcMizzou
04-09-2009, 09:12 PM
In any case, I don't understand some Royals fans who don't want to hear his interviews.

I want that guy interviewed at every opportunity. I don't care if he was in the game or not. Hell, they could interview him about his thoughts on American Idol, and I'd tune in.

alnorth
04-09-2009, 09:47 PM
No kidding, even the most boring question is something you want to hear his answer on.

So, Zack, what do you think of Frisco, Texas?

It's my favorite Minor League city to play. I think it's awesome. The city's great, the park's nice, the fans turn out, the mascot's real good

OK... if Zack likes the mascot, then I had to see what it was. This team is apparently the Frisco Roughriders. Not sure what the hell this is, but it doesn't look like any kind of western cowboy to me.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1397/1106441068_ed0ea45577.jpg?v=0

Reaper16
04-09-2009, 09:51 PM
That mascot is real good.

beavis
04-09-2009, 10:02 PM
In any case, I don't understand some Royals fans who don't want to hear his interviews.

I want that guy interviewed at every opportunity. I don't care if he was in the game or not. Hell, they could interview him about his thoughts on American Idol, and I'd tune in.

Man, I really wish he was pitching tomorrow.

DJ's left nut
04-09-2009, 10:32 PM
Smith is a moron.

Greinke is extremely clever, dry and funny as all hell. Someone once told him he had a good enough fastball to throw fastballs right down the middle of the plate and get guys out. So he decided to give it a shot in a spring training game and gave up something like 9 runs.

If there were a 'gifted' program for baseball players, he'd be in it. It just seems like he gets bored with simply being a phenom from time to time.

comparison = fail.

Sure-Oz
04-09-2009, 10:35 PM
zack is a looney motherfucker but he's our loon

58kcfan89
04-09-2009, 10:38 PM
Greinke is funny as hell and it's even better to listen to him when he's pitching as well as he is. Soria and Gordon are my 2 favorite players, but every Greinke quote I read puts him closer to the top.

I didn't see "I saved your life" on there from when he was in the outfield during a practice. That's one of my favorites (along with the Anniston thing).

thurman merman
04-14-2009, 12:21 AM
No kidding, even the most boring question is something you want to hear his answer on.

So, Zack, what do you think of Frisco, Texas?



OK... if Zack likes the mascot, then I had to see what it was. This team is apparently the Frisco Roughriders. Not sure what the hell this is, but it doesn't look like any kind of western cowboy to me.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1397/1106441068_ed0ea45577.jpg?v=0

haha holy crap that is an awesome-looking mascot.

Thig Lyfe
04-14-2009, 01:53 AM
Smith is a moron.

Greinke is extremely clever, dry and funny as all hell. Someone once told him he had a good enough fastball to throw fastballs right down the middle of the plate and get guys out. So he decided to give it a shot in a spring training game and gave up something like 9 runs.

If there were a 'gifted' program for baseball players, he'd be in it. It just seems like he gets bored with simply being a phenom from time to time.

comparison = fail.

This.

kcfanXIII
04-14-2009, 03:07 AM
i'm with the "he gets bored" camp. i also get bored, so the fact he doesn't spout cliche after cliche, is very nice. great list of quotes btw.

Goapics1
04-14-2009, 07:07 AM
Zack reminds me of Demonpenz more than anyone. Have those 2 been seen together or is Greinke actually Demonpenz?

Baby Lee
04-14-2009, 08:29 AM
awesome... plus the kid has a smokin girlfriend now!

I dont think this schtick would fly in NYC... good thing he is here in KC

With a special mouth.

Demonpenz
04-14-2009, 09:38 AM
Zack reminds me of Demonpenz more than anyone. Have those 2 been seen together or is Greinke actually Demonpenz?

Some of my friends saw grienke out at the Gran falloon. He wasn't being bothered by anyone or anything, but he kept dropping coasters on the floor for no reason. He just gets bored and he has been soo dominant for so long at every level. I hope he doesn't f around and really tries to be a hall of famer, he has that kind of talent.

Beerfund
04-14-2009, 09:39 AM
"If I hit a guy, I want him to be hurt."

thats what i'm talking about

thurman merman
04-14-2009, 12:33 PM
With a special mouth.

ROFL

thurman merman
04-18-2009, 09:40 PM
4/18/09

Joel Goldberg: 34 straight scoreless innings...a Royals record. Are you thinking about any of that?

Greinke: That's pretty exciting. I didn't know that. 34, that's pretty much impossible nowadays. I don't even know how that could be even possible, to tell you the truth. Uh, that's pretty...I don't even, that's an amazing stat.

kcfanXIII
04-18-2009, 09:50 PM
complete game shut out for zack. i'm on such a royals high right now, i'm not even thinking about the nfl draft, trading tony g, lj, or waters. its a nice breath of fresh air.

thurman merman
04-18-2009, 09:51 PM
complete game shut out for zack. i'm on such a royals high right now, i'm not even thinking about the nfl draft, trading tony g, lj, or waters. its a nice breath of fresh air.

me too. the royals are way better than the chiefs.

BigRock
04-27-2009, 06:27 PM
Zack on being on the cover of Sports Illustrated:

They’ll probably sell their least amount of magazines in a long time — except when NASCAR was on the cover.

They have a jinx?

KcMizzou
04-27-2009, 06:30 PM
Zack on being on the cover of Sports Illustrated:LMAO Zing!

Thig Lyfe
04-27-2009, 06:55 PM
Zack on being on the cover of Sports Illustrated:

ROFL


“There’s a lot more interesting stuff going on right now,” he said. “They should have something else on the cover. Playoff basketball or something else.

ChiefsFan4Life
04-27-2009, 09:09 PM
Anyone have any youtube videos or audio clips for some of these? I'm LMAO and would love to actually hear it

Ari Chi3fs
04-27-2009, 09:20 PM
I fucking love this guy... Gonna get his jersey for my birthday... an away jersey. It will own.

alnorth
04-28-2009, 12:55 PM
So, apparently Sam Mellinger sat down for an interview (http://royalsblog.kansascity.com/?q=node/302) with Gil Meche, Zack Greinke wanders by to provide comments, and hilarity ensues.

Best quote:

SM: You told me one time you liked to bowl, right?

Gil: I'll take anybody on in bowling in this clubhouse right now. That includes Zack.

Zack: What do you get? I can get like 180, that's my best.

Gil: Dude, I was bowling almost 300 when I was 12.

SM: Really?

Zack: Growing up in Mississippi that's all there is to do.

Gil: Louisiana.

Zack: Same thing.

Fish
04-28-2009, 12:58 PM
So, apparently Sam Mellinger sat down for an interview (http://royalsblog.kansascity.com/?q=node/302) with Gil Meche, Zack Greinke wanders by to provide comments, and hilarity ensues.

Best quote:

LMAO

We ♥ You Zack..........

DeezNutz
04-28-2009, 01:08 PM
“Everybody was mad at me for only throwing fastballs and change-ups. So I threw some first-pitch strikes with curveballs. It’s an easy way to get a strike. It’s not like it’s a real hard pitch to throw. You just throw it for a strike."


Why great players often don't make for even average coaches...

thurman merman
04-28-2009, 01:41 PM
SM: You told me one time you liked to bowl, right?

Gil: I'll take anybody on in bowling in this clubhouse right now. That includes Zack.

Zack: What do you get? I can get like 180, that's my best.

Gil: Dude, I was bowling almost 300 when I was 12.

SM: Really?

Zack: Growing up in Mississippi that's all there is to do.

Gil: Louisiana.

Zack: Same thing.



ROFL

thurman merman
04-28-2009, 01:43 PM
Anyone have any youtube videos or audio clips for some of these? I'm LMAO and would love to actually hear it

i believe this is the interview where he talked about brad pitt and jennifer aniston breaking up:

http://www.thedashow.com/mp3/da-greinke.mp3

ChiefsFan4Life
04-28-2009, 08:30 PM
i believe this is the interview where he talked about brad pitt and jennifer aniston breaking up:

http://www.thedashow.com/mp3/da-greinke.mp3

LOL - thanks a ton

Raised On Riots
04-28-2009, 09:46 PM
He's a winner and he's uniquely interesting.
In Kansas City of all places.
Covet him fiercely.

Chiefless
04-28-2009, 09:50 PM
"You don't faze me Gobble."

AND

"Soria, you runnin' today? You're goin' down then. I'm gonna (throw?) so much faster than you, you're going to be eating my dust."

He is a funny, funny dude.

KcMizzou
04-28-2009, 09:52 PM
i believe this is the interview where he talked about brad pitt and jennifer aniston breaking up:

http://www.thedashow.com/mp3/da-greinke.mp3That's awesome. LMAO

I'd like to hear more non-baseball related interviews with Greinke.

BigRock
05-06-2009, 03:11 PM
Zack on Billy at 1B:

The last thing in the world I expected was Billy to play that kind of defense. For the first month of the season, he's definitely been an above-average first baseman. That's hard for me to say because I never thought anyone would say that but him and his family.

SPATCH
05-06-2009, 03:18 PM
Zack on Billy at 1B:

he's so brutally fucking honest about everything... hilarious

Demonpenz
05-06-2009, 03:20 PM
when he shut out the rangers he was like "I shutout seattle, but they aren't very good"

Pants
05-06-2009, 03:33 PM
I love Zack, but it almost sounds like he's slightly autistic.

JuicesFlowing
05-06-2009, 05:59 PM
I love Greinke.

Beats the hell out of the same 10 tired sports cliches.

I agree. Have you heard a MLB manager talk after a game? They re-cap the game and repeat everything that happened. I guess they don't realize that the media and the rest of the baseball fans watched the game and know what happened. Baseball interviews are boring. Boring.