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Rockies pitcher calls Zack Greinke a ‘turd’ for autograph snub in online forum

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke.
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke. The Associated Press

In his first season with the Brewers, after he had requested a trade from the Royals, Zack Greinke admitted he didn’t like the attention he received. In Milwaukee.

Greinke told The Star’s Sam Mellinger in 2011: “People have been talking to me more, and I don’t like that. Everyone seems to be noticing me, looking at me and stuff. I don’t like that.”

While with the Royals, Greinke was diagnosed in 2006 with social anxiety disorder, which he says is under control. But Greinke has a reputation for being aloof at times with teammates.

So perhaps it is no surprise that Greinke has rubbed a fellow major-leaguer the wrong way. Rockies pitcher Pat Neshek wrote a blistering post on the message board at on Tuesday about being snubbed in an attempt to get Greinke’s autograph.

Neshek was with the Phillies before being traded to Colorado earlier this year, and he was Philadelphia’s All-Star Game representative. Greinke, who is with the Diamondbacks, was in Miami, too. The Midsummer Classic seemed like the perfect time to get Greinke’s autograph. Neshek even discussed his plan with ESPN, and it involved Neshek’s son.

But it seems that things didn’t work out, and Neshek was furious.

Twitter user Chris Jones shared a screenshot of what Neshek wrote on under the handle heat17:

Here is what that says:

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.

That seems like a cheap shot from Neshek about Greinke being a socially awkward guy. But this much is certain: don’t look for Neshek and Greinke to be chatting on a field anytime soon.

On Wednesday, a fan reached out to Neshek on Twitter about the snub.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff