Pat Neshek Criticizes Zack Greinke for Backing Out on Autograph Agreement

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2017

Colorado Rockies reliever Pat Neshek watches a pitch to Arizona Diamondbacks' J.D. Martinez during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in Denver. The Diamondbacks won 6-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Pat Neshek is a major leaguer and colleague of Zack Greinke's, but he was still reportedly upset the Arizona Diamondbacks ace didn't sign autographs for him.

According to ESPN.com, Neshek posted on a message board on the website SportsCollectors.net using the username "heat17" and criticized Greinke because he "backed out on a promise to sign baseball cards for him."

The ESPN.com story called Neshek "a noted autograph hound."

Neshek's message board post summarized the exchange that happened when they were both on the National League team at the All-Star Game:

"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.'"

The relief pitcher also responded to a tweet from Eno Harris of FanGraphs regarding the situation:

Neshek has never played with Greinke but had a rare opportunity as teammates at the All-Star Game to grab the elusive autograph. It was just Neshek's second career All-Star Game, as he has been a dominant force this season in 68 games between the Rockies and Philadelphia Phillies with a 1.66 ERA and 0.89 WHIP.

This back and forth between the two players adds another layer of intrigue in the National League West as the postseason approaches. As of right now, Neshek's Rockies are in position to play Greinke's Diamondbacks in the NL Wild Card Game.