The open days between MLB playoff games, called “Workout Days,” usually provide generic interview quotes from managers and the next game’s starting pitchers.
Here are the relevant quotes.
Q. After being around it for 18 matchups this season, do these two teams legitimately dislike each other?
ZACK GREINKE: Maybe now. I think no one really likes Carpenter. But besides that, I think they respect mostly everyone on their team.
Q. So what do the guys have against Carpenter?
ZACK GREINKE: I don’t know. They think his presence, his attitude out there sometimes is like a phony attitude. But — and then he yells at people. He just stares people down and stuff. And most pitchers just don’t do that. And when guys do, I guess some hitters get mad. Some hitters do it to pitchers. But when you do that some people will get mad.
There’s other pitchers in the League that do it, but, I don’t know, a lot of guys on our team don’t like Carpenter.
Carpenter, the Cardinals’ NLDS Game 5 starter on Thursday, was not part of Saturday’s interview schedule. Manager Tony La Russa was, however, and he spoke after Greinke.
Q. Along those same lines, Zack Greinke came in a minute ago and he said that a lot of the Brewers’ guys don’t like Chris Carpenter in his eyes because “his attitude out there sometimes is like a phony attitude.” What’s your take on Carpenter and a comment like that?
TONY LaRUSSA: Very disappointed that Greinke would say that. Just praised him a little bit ago. I don’t know him a lot, but I always thought he was a high character, classy guy. That’s a bad comment to make unless you know Chris Carpenter.
Our attitude is we look at ourselves and we grade ourselves. And even if we don’t like what’s happening on the other side, we don’t make a it’s not our business, unless somebody crosses the line.
So I think the Brewers should take care of their players and their comments and not be concerned about other players and comments. But like I said at the beginning, I said it purposefully, if they had Chris Carpenter, they would be cheering for him and believing in him and they would not allow somebody that was a teammate to make a crack like that.
But Greinke is not his teammate, so I’m disappointed. If you knew him, none of that stuff is true. He doesn’t give bullshit. He doesn’t take it. That’s the way it’s supposed to be.
Will Greinke’s remarks provide additional motivation to a Cardinals team that surely does not like the Brewers, either?