Another Greinke story from Spring Training this morning:

Okay, so some of you already know, but I have social anxiety as well, which just makes me love Zack Greinke even more because if he can go up and pitch in front of thousands of people and talk to lots of media after, I can certainly handle whatever job I end up with.

Anyway, my point is, it takes a lot of effort for me to talk to a person I don’t know, and if I’m starstruck by them, it makes it that much harder.  So I was standing along one of the quieter, farther-out roped-off pathways from the clubhouse to the practice field this morning, when I looked up and oh my god, there’s Zack Greinke coming along the path.

All of a sudden, I got super red in the face, my throat tightened up, and I had to really focus on getting words out when he walked by, but I did it.

I said, “Morning Greinke,” and my voice was all shakey and my heart was going like crazy and he didn’t look at me, but he mumbled something I couldn’t make out and nodded at the ground and I am so happy and proud of both of us for this incredibly awkward exchange.

Tone-Deaf and Out of Touch Dodgers Post Pic With Peña Nieto

On Monday afternoon, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Twitter and Instagram accounts posted a photo of first baseman Adrián González presenting Enrique Peña Nieto with a custom team jersey. The backlash was swift. “Take down the photo,” many demanded. But the Dodgers organization has thus far ignored the outcry.

As most Mexicans commenting on the Dodgers Instagram account point out, such a photo is insensitive to Mexican fans who are mourning the forced disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa students, one of whom was declared dead just 2 days earlier.

Anyone following the news is aware that Peña Nieto is a hated public figure in Mexico, and with Mexicans in the United States and throughout the world. The vitriol towards him is unmatched. Posting a photo with him is a bad PR move at any time, let alone when many see his administration’s ineptitude and corruption as large reason for the country’s insecurity.

With such a large Mexican fan base, you would think the Dodgers would know this and get it right. At the very least recognize the complaints and issue a statement. But apparently, they’ve decided to ride out the thousands of negative comments.

Such disregard for Mexican fans by the Dodgers is appalling, a slap in the face to the millions who have supported them over the years. If anything, this incident is a reminder to never invest in those who don’t invest in you.