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PreservedFish Posted: February 23, 2014 at 02:42 AM (#4660935)
He's so grumpy! Don't you want to see a kangaroo or something? I'd be stoked if my work sent me to Australia.
Its a lousy flight...
Guess who the Aussies are going to root for when he is on the mound?
Honestly, it's not that bad, as long as you use Qantas instead of a shitty US airline. Particularly if you have the money to fly business class, as I'd imagine Greinke does.
14 hours in a tube is a shitty flight, even on Quantas, even in business class.
I dunno, Greinke isn't even complaining, he's just saying he's not excited. I mean, are you excited about a Dodgers/Diamondbacks game in Sydney? My heart is not racing at the prospect.
Greinke, when asked even a question designed to elicit a cliché response so the reporter can stick a name next to the quotes in the article he's already written, has the bad habit of answering honestly.
And yes, I am excited by the game. I think it's really cool.
If they have any sense they will fly Emirates Air First Class and it is absolutely an easy trip. Only way to do that flight if you have no worries about the price.
being a friend of zack requires a thick skin. He doesn't do small talk or fake niceties
I will say that if there's one breed of person for whom I understand a lack of excitement its the players themselves. Greinke's priority is a championship, and preparing himself to contribute to one, and I can understand why a trip to Australia in the middle of Spring Training seems like a disruption to him.
Perhaps I'm just more into the growing international presence of baseball than most, but it seems odd to me when someone isn't excited about it.
I don't know what to tell you. I did it, and it wasn't that bad. I'd much rather do that flight again than a cross-US flight on USAir or United.
I dunno, Greinke isn't even complaining, he's just saying he's not excited. I mean, are you excited about a Dodgers/Diamondbacks game in Sydney?
Hell a 12 hour flight is easy just take a few ambain (sp) and some benyadril (sp as usual) and sleep it away
It doesn't bother me, but then it isn't our Major Leagues that are being looted.
Some of my favorite baseball games in recent years have been WBC qualifiers, and I'm absurdly looking forward to the day when Donald Lutz or somebody like him becomes a star in MLB.
It's not just that it's hard on the players, it's that it's a complete non-starter as a precedent for any reason other than publicity. You're certainly never going to include European or Asian cities in any sort of International Major League, at least if you're thinking of continuing any sort of regular Interleague play.
That's a fine theory, and I get the long term point, but in the meantime the only way that the Japanese can see their best pitcher is by getting up at 7:00 AM and watching him on TV. Free agency here is also a net plus for the game as a whole, but it doesn't work out so well for the teams who keep seeing their young stars jump ship for richer climes. You can call it looting or mere collateral damage, but whatever you call it, the short and medium range benefits from the fans' POV all flow in our direction.
I don't have any problem with the talent rising, but I very much doubt that international markets helps the losing country in the long run. I suspect Japan is farther from having a league competitive with MLB now than it was 20 years ago. It is in danger of becoming essentially a minor league yoked to MLB.
Not really. If you've got the money traveling long distances isn't really all that burdensome. I did 28 hours on a train from NY to Chicago without a sleeping room during a blizzard and while it was no picnic it definitely wouldn't have been shvtty had I gotten a sleeping room and traveled during a non-blizzard.
NOT traveling sleeing is nonsenical.
am I permitted to gripe about the flight to India out of Chicago and how it is the Indian equivalent of a Mexican bus ride in country or do I risk being branded a racist/bigot?
Am I the only one who doesn't get jet lag? If you sleep badly does it not affect you? I had some crazy flights in the past (LA/NZ, NZ/Thailand, Poland/NY) and never felt the effects.
am I permitted to gripe about the flight to India out of Chicago ...
Just the noise and the smell
If they have any sense they will fly Emirates Air First Class and it is absolutely an easy trip.
I recently graduated from college, so I'm still pretty new to the world of business travel, but my business trip experiences aren't that fun, even when I have gone to someplace interesting. Usually, I'm trapped in meetings or training sessions from early morning to sometime in the evening. I then grab dinner and maybe try to get some work done. If I'm lucky, I get to try a restaurant near the hotel or head to a bar for a couple of drinks.
ZACK GREINKE HATES AUSTRALIANS!
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