Zack Greinke remains one of the most interesting men in sports.
The 38-year-old future Hall of Fame pitcher returns to the team that made him — the Kansas City Royals — for his 19th major league appearance in 2022.
Greinke had some fun with a recently named rookie.
Newly acquired Drew Waters made his big league debut on August 22nd.
The Royals acquired Waters from the Atlanta Braves in July. He was the Braves’ no. 1 overall prospect in 2021, according to MLB.com’s prospect rankings.
In addition to Waters, the Kings also added pitching prospect Andrew Hoffman and third baseman CJ Alexander in the trade, picking up the 35th overall pick in the 2022 Major League Baseball draft.
With the 35th overall pick, the Braves selected 19-year-old pitcher JR Richie out of Bainbridge High School in Washington.
Through Water’s first 13 career games, the outfielder is showing plenty of promise.
Last week, Waters made a spectacular catch, robbing White Sox outfielder AJ Pollock and hitting a home run.
On Monday, he hit his first career home run.
After the game, Waters told Royals secretary Ann Rogers ( MLB.com ) that Greinke owed him $100.
According to Waters, Greinke in 2011 As a member of the Royals in 2022, he played without hitting a home run. He will have 39 games to do so.
If Waters hits home, he will collect $100 from Greinke. If he doesn’t, he will pay.
Waters hit 13 home runs over 103 games in 2022 with three different minor league teams.
On Monday, Waters homered in the Royals’ 6-5 loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Greinke was quick to congratulate him.
“He was like, ‘That’s great. Nice swing,'” Waters told Rogers. “[Greinke] He said he owed me. So it was good.”