Rockies Reliever and Baseball Card Collector Pat Neshek Explains What a Jerk Zack Greinke Is After Autograph Snub (TWEET)
Pat Neshek might be known as a relief pitcher to sports fans, but to the niche corners of the memorabilia and collecting market, he’s known as an autograph hound and avid collector. So when he was selected to this year’s All-Star Game in Miami, he let it be known that he had his hopes set on getting the autograph of fellow pitcher Diamondback Zack Greinke.
That little piece made its way to Twitter and the mainstream as so many things do these days.
— chris jones¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@LONG_DRIVE) September 19, 2017
The comment in full?
“Thanks guys. Greinke stiffed me once again. I asked him at the all star game if he would sign for me and he said he would… so a couple weeks ago we played them and I sent over the cards I needed signed… basically 3 league leaders cards with Kershaw and Wainwright already done and 2 from 2015 to complete the set. He said no… I waited around for him during batting practice and went up to him and he totally denied having the conversation at the all star game… I then asked why this was a problem and he said it’s because “I wear him out.” Hard to wear someone out when he has never signed for me. This is the only ahole in major league baseball that has been a turd to me. So going back to the conversation I said can you just get these done it will take 5 seconds… just draw a little z on them for me… He said no I will never sign for you… I walked away… a couple minutes later I confronted him in the outfield while he was jogging and told him what I thought of him… he just kept on running then said I wouldn’t even sign for your kid if he asked…. I wanted to laugh knowing he had probably thought of that line for a long time and that was the best he could come up with… I then let him know what I thought of him again and being the socially awkward guy he is ran back to the dugout and went inside. Soooo I’m done with this guy. I’m basically gonna have to trade with someone on here to 50/50 them down the road.”
Oh, man. That’s brutal. What happened to professional courtesy or, failing that, common decency. Who says “you’re wearing me out” to another person?
Does Greinke have the worst manners in baseball? So far, I say yes.