Astros’ Zack Greinke: “It’s Nice Not Having Fans in the Stands”

Starting pitcher Zack Greinke with Arizona Diamondbacks in 2018. Photo by John Fisher/CSM/Shutterstock (9688220d)

Most people find it strange to see baseball games being played without fans at stadiums, but not Houston Astros ace Zack Greinke. As it turns out, Greinke enjoys playing in front of empty stands.

Speaking with reporters on Thursday, Greinke said that “it’s nice” not having fans at baseball games.

“I don’t really notice fans when the game’s going on, but warming up and practice before games, I mean, for me it’s nice not having fans in the stands,” said Greinke. “Most people like it. When the game comes on, it’s the same for me.”

According to Greinke, he enjoys not having to talk to fans or take pictures with them.

“It’s nice not having them, for me,” he added. “Most people like it. I don’t like it.”

While empty stands made Zack Greinke feel better, this didn’t do much for his game. He finished the regular season with a 3-3 record, 4.03 ERA, and 67 strikeouts. In two postseason starts, Greinke has seven strikeouts and a 4.98 ERA.

MLB played its entire 60-game regular-season schedule without fans while also keeping the empty stands for the better part of the season. The fans returned to the stadium for National League Championship Series and will also be allowed to World Series.