RECAP: Greinke's strong debut and Goldy's 4-RBI day lead the #Dbacks to a big #DbacksSpring win over the Dodgers: This is the part of him that is so easy to miss because he's so quirky. "Thanks," I said. Affeldt gave up a home run and got pulled from the game, and he was angry at himself. They watched it together. He throws a lot of different pitches -- Statcast™ shows him throwing eight different pitches, with various fastballs to go with a curveball, a slider, a cutter, a changeup and a slow curve around 60 mph. "No, really, it took her like an hour to read to me." The mind whirls.Friday against the Dodgers was just Greinke's first spring start. "I don't have a good answer yet," he said.And then Greinke talked a little bit about velocity. He wouldn't want to break up the balance to add one or two mph to his fastball. At the time, you might remember, Gordon was a serious phenom that year, in the same category as, say, Kris Bryant before this season began. "I thought it was all right," he said.Greinke didn't say any more. He smiled. "No," Greinke said, "seriously, I went to the back, watched the video, it was a bad pitch, middle of the plate, right in the guy's zone. Click the link we sent to , or click here to log in. I've seen him through good times and bad, talked with him when he was close to giving up the game, talked with him when he loathed pitching and considered becoming a shortstop, talked with him when he gingerly made his way back, talked with him when he was dealing, when he was about as unhittable as any pitcher in the last decade or more. He will probably stay in baseball after he's done. In any case, Gordon came up to the most extreme expectations and he struggled. I ask him if it's a problem, and he shrugs. For your security, we need to re-authenticate you. I want to show you something.". I was a Kansas City sports columnist desperately trying to find something hopeful to write for Royals fans. He figured that Greinke must have found something in his swing, something small, some little flaw that he could fix and it would turn his entire season around. "Affeldt, defeated, looked at Greinke again. Greinke is quietly having what could be a Hall of Fame career. Greinke made his MLB debut with the Royals in 2004. "Is that it?" I ask him if he wants to add more velocity, and he smiles. Greinke said suddenly, like he always does when he's ready to stop talking. That variety is what has marked Greinke's career. "That thing was a BOOK" was his review of the story. Greinke was a phenom. In fact, I'm pretty sure Gordon was the first player in Baseball America history to be named minor league player of the year just one year after being named amateur player of the year. "I pitched worse," he told the reporters, though he didn't go into it much. After his age-32 season, he has 51 career Wins Above Replacement (WAR) and 155 wins as a pitcher, a combination that compares well with Steve Carlton, Bob Gibson and Warren Spahn when they were his age. His velocity dropped every so slightly last year. But underneath it all, I think it was just too much for him. It was much harder choosing which ones to include in this story looking back a decade after his last game in a Royals uniform. columnist Joe Posnanski is a No. "Thanks, Zack," he said. Enter your email to read this article for free. Others have said the same. Greinke said. Then he wonders if maybe because he was pitching up in the zone, his changeup lost some of is effectiveness. Whew, I've been writing about Greinke for a dozen years, going back to when he was 19 years old. He sees things nobody else seems to see. ""Actually," Greinke said. He thinks hitters stopped chasing his changeup last year. Greinke's teammates will tell you: The guy's kind of a baseball savant. He has also pitched for the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. It doesn't really have much to do with anything except, well, it's just a perfect little Greinke story. Oh, I have a million Greinke stories. I relate the first time I ever interviewed him. So, I wrote about Zack Greinke for like the 11 millionth time. The poor guy was hitting .173 in early June, and he'd struck out 55 times in 53 games, and he was taking it out to the field, and even though he still carried himself in that placid and even-tempered way that now marks him as one of the better players in baseball, you could tell: He was seriously lost.