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Pat Neshek says Zack Greinke backed out on autograph promise

Pat Neshek says Zack Greinke backed out on autograph promise”

Now, there's a story about aggressive baseball players doing it on the field. That's the case with Rockies reliever Pat Neshek, an avowed and admitted autograph junkie who loves to collect signatures, cards and other baseball memorabilia from around the league.

Posting under the username "heat17" on SportsCollectors.net, Neshek wrote that Greinke agreed to sign autographs for him at the All-Star Game.

When the 37-year-old Neshek (who describes himself as an autograph and baseball card collector in his Twitter bio) asked Greinke to simply sign a quick "Z" on each card, Neshek said the former Cy Young Award victor told him he would "never" sign an autograph for him. 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. If Greinke said he would and then didn't, I can see why it would irk a collector.

Neshek described Greinke as an "ahole".

Neshek, who is 5-3 with a 1.66 ERA and one save in 68 appearances, said he is "done with" Greinke, who wouldn't take five seconds to "draw a little Z on them". But Greinke then changed his response, saying he would never sign for Neshek. That still didn't work.

Greinke at one point apparently told Neshek that he wouldn't even sign if it was Neshek's kid who asked for the autograph - a pretty lame comeback and a particularly very bad choice of words, even if unintentionally so, given Neshek had a newborn son who died in 2012.

Neshek, who was acquired from the Phillies before the trading deadline, has an entire website dedicated to his autograph and collectibles hunting habits where he updates fan on his collections. That said, the two teams are now in line to meet in the NL wild-card game in October, so he may want to lay low when the Rockies are around.

"He's tough", Neshek said at the time.



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