The MLB two game series that took place at the Sydney Cricket Ground (converted to a baseball field), just finished up. The series between division rivals the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, was considered more like exhibition than real baseball. The Dodgers almost considered leaving their top two pitchers in America. Some MLB players even tried out cricket before games.
Many players had strong words though for MLB management for sending them to Australia. Zack Greinke, the Dodgers second starter, did not make the trip (injured calf), and criticized the league for making them go Down Under. He said, “I would say there is absolutely zero excitement for it. There just isn’t any excitement to it. I can’t think of one reason to be excited for it.”
Even though the players weren’t excited for the game, the front-offices for the teams were very happy. The teams, now back in America (with the Dodgers winning both games), get tons of rest. The rest may let the Dodgers best pitcher, Clayton Kershaw (and arguably the best pitcher in the league), who got a $215 million, 7-year deal,
(that’s about 31 million a year for all you guys doing much more work for much less pay), start three of the first seven games of the Dodgers’ season.