Zack Greinke is known as much for his quiet demeanor as he is for his electric work on the mound, so when he talks in a Dodgers team meeting it carries a lot of weight.
The new book The Best Team Money Can Buy by Molly Knight follows the Dodgers through the 2013 and '14 seasons and among all the inside information gathered in the work is a tremendous tale about Greinke choosing to finally speak up about his concerns about teammates hygiene.
Craig Calceterra of Hardball Talk got his hands on an advance copy of the book and sets the stage before giving Greinke's amazing quote.
Don Mattingly called the meeting and told his charges to loosen up. Then, in an unprecedented move, because he never speaks out like this, Zack Greinke stood up. “I’ve got something to say,” he said. The room was quiet.
“Some of you guys have been doing the number two and not washing your hands. It’s not good. I noticed it even happening earlier today. So if you guys could just be better about it, that would be great.”
Winning is important, but staying clean is even more important.
- Brendan Maloy