Feb 24 2014, 2:09am CST | by Poch de la Rosa
"I would say there is absolutely zero excitement for it. There just isn't any excitement to it. I can't think of one reason to be excited for it."
"Organizers in Sydney are far from thrilled with Greinke's outburst but are holding off on making comment until they've spoken to relevant parties in America.
"The opening series at the SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground) has been planned in close consultation with the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Dodgers and Diamondbacks clubs, and Australian baseball representatives have now asked for a please explain.
"The MLB's landmark move to open the season proper in Australia for the first time means the Dodgers and Diamondbacks are starting their season more than a week before the rest of the league.
"Arizona pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Patrick Corbin have spoken of their desire to be a part of history in Sydney, but it seems big brothers the Dodgers may feel the venture is beneatt them."
"Zack has this endearing, contrarian quality to him that we all know and love about him. He's famously focused and meticulous about his training regimen. It's what makes him so good and such a great teammate. This is clearly going to alter his routine. I understand that aspect of it.
"But my problem right now is trying to make room for all the people that want to go -- players, family, front office people. As an organization, we couldn't be more excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
According to Saxon, Kasten took the Atlanta Hawks on a tour of the former Soviet Union when he was a front office executive of the team. He has also been on overseas baseball trips. Kasten told Saxon players normally have a favorable mindset about the trips upon their return home.
The Dodgers have yet to name the starters for the two games in Sydny which will be on March 22 and 23. They are toying with the idea of resting 25-year-old ace Clayton Kershaw so that he'll be ready for the United States opener on March 30.
Greinke told Saxon he is all right with the idea of pitching in Sydney.
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Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.
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