Last season the Los Angeles Dodgers roster was full of large personalities that was often seen on the field in their style of play, for better or worse. This year’s club doesn’t have the same feel, particularly with Yasiel Puig on the disabled list and Juan Uribe essentially losing the starting job at third base to a rotation of Alex Guerrero and Justin Turner.
However the Dodgers have nonetheless continued to have fun and pull pranks on each other. Zack Greinke walking up to the plate in the fifth inning Friday night as Wham’s ‘Careless Whisper’ played was not akin to the night four boy-band songs were played when Joc Pederson batted May 1 unbeknownst to the rookie center fielder. That was the same night Pederson hit a grand slam.
“It’s a really good song,” Greinke said. “But the guys up there don’t know how to play it. My first time up they played my old song.” Perhaps in effort to atone for the mistake, Greinke’s new song actually began playing after Scott Van Slyke fouled off a 3-2 pitch.
They quickly cut the music after a few seconds and then unleashed it on the Dodger Stadium crowd once Van Slyke struck out and Greinke’s name was called. Greinke grounded out in the at-bat and didn’t get an opportunity to hear his new song of choice a second time. Not that there won’t be opportunities in the future.
“It’s my favorite song right now,” Greinke said. “We’ll see how long it lasts.”