Standing in front of a tightly packed half-moon of reporters Friday night, Zack Greinke professed his adoration for Milwaukee, and his Brewers teammates.
On his way out the door to Anaheim, he also expressed some admiration.
"I'm gonna miss my time here. It was a lot of fun," he said. "Had a great team, a great group of guys, everyone gets along. It was fun to come to the clubhouse. It's probably surprising that everyone could still get along as good when we're not playing good. Where most teams if you're playing good you get along and if you're not playing good you usually aren't getting along. Here, it's a great group of guys."
He would know.
In his seven years in Kansas City, he went 60-67 in 169 starts as the Royals lost 100 games three times and 682 times overall.
In his 49 regular starts with the Brewers over 2011 and 2012, Greinke went 25-9 with a 3.67 earned run average with a 1.201 WHIP and 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings.
"He did about all we could ask for," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said simply.
In looking over his time in Milwaukee, Greinke looked back on the National League Championship run made last fall fondly, but held himself accountable for the 12 earned runs he allowed in 16 2/3 innings in the postseason.
"I mean, I really feel like I could've done a lot more, especially in the playoffs last year," he said. "I guess everyone could do more but I feel like I'm upset with how that worked out. This year, you could always do more it feels like. But we went pretty far and it was a lot of fun. It was definitely the most fun I've ever had playing baseball."
The natural question to Greinke and Melvin was if the Brewers would go after him, and if so, would he consider returning to Milwaukee.
Melvin smiled and said he couldn't talk about a player on another team while Greinke answered sheepishly.
"Yeah," he said, looking down. "I haven't talked about anything going on with free agency. Like I said, I loved it here so it'll definitely be a possibility."
Milwaukee has long heard players express their affection for the team and the city, but only time will tell if the most important attraction – total dollars offered – make him really want to return.
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Jim Owczarski
Published Nov. 21, 2014
Football, it can be argued, is the ultimate team game. An individual can't succeed without the the help of 10 others. But in the case of the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers, is it as simple as saying as he goes, so goes the team? The numbers seem to bear that out.
Published Nov. 20, 2014
Julius Peppers is adding to his Hall of Fame resume in his first year with the Green Bay Packers, taking to a new position and helping lead an improving defense. But he also is a difference-maker in the third phase of the game, and at any moment, his hidden talent can turn the tide of a game.
Published Nov. 19, 2014
Ball sharing is the core of Jason Kidd's offense, and the biggest parts of that, literally, are the team's big men. They help keep the offense moving in the half court with smart passing decisions and finishing around the rim.
Published Nov. 19, 2014
Things got back to normal in the NFL last week, right? Aaron Rodgers and Jamaal Charles had huge games, Jay Cutler and Andy Dalton reverted back to form, Jonas Gray and Mike Evans dominated ... wait, what? Oh, well, if you read this column you knew Evans was a must-start. We're here to help you win again with this week's picks.
Published Nov. 18, 2014
Marquette University sophomore Deonte Burton will play this season with a heavy heart following the loss of his mother, but he knows she's watching over him -- and he's poised to break out this season for the Golden Eagles in her honor.
Published Nov. 17, 2014
OnMilwaukee.com reported that the Milwaukee Bucks were negotiating to purchase the Journal Sentinel buildings, commonly known as the Journal Square, with the intention of using the space for a new multi-purpose arena. ScopeBridge LLC helped us visualize what an arena could look like, and show that a multi-use stadium could indeed fit within that area just off the Milwaukee River and Pere Marquette Park.
Published Nov. 16, 2014
Heading in to Sunday afternoon, many presumed the matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles would have a playoff feel, with the Packers getting a true challenge at home for the first time in 2014. Neither was the case, as Aaron Rodgers picked apart another opponent at Lambeau Field in another blowout victory.
Published Nov. 14, 2014
The Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team enters the year with low preseason expectations in the Big East, even nationally, but new head coach Steve Wojciechowski and his undersized, undermanned roster is ready to start off a new era.
Published Nov. 13, 2014
Coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance, and naming rights for their own Downtown arena, things should have been looking up for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team this year. But academic sanctions took away any chance at postseason basketball, so the team enters the season with a chip on the shoulder and a goal of winning the regular season Horizon League title.
Published Nov. 12, 2014
If you thought the conversation for "best team in the NFC" is muddied, how about your fantasy league? Have you already clinched and are now looking ahead? Have you taken some of my advice and climbed back into the race? There is still work to be done with three weeks left (in most leagues) before the playoffs. We're here to help you get there.