Greinke honored for Cy Young Award season
Club bestows gifts to right-hander, family in pregame ceremony
KANSAS CITY -- Give Zack Greinke this: He spares the words but always makes a big impression.
That was the scene on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium, where Greinke received his American League Cy Young Award along with the Players Choice Award and a slew of gifts prior to the Royals' game against the Red Sox.
The Royals' organization presented Greinke with a specially-made Cy Young Award ring.
"Your season was special here and it meant a lot to all of us. Not only to everybody in the Royals' organization, but the city of Kansas City -- and especially all of our fans," club president Dan Glass said. "You provided us with memories that we'll cherish for a lifetime."
The pitcher's parents weren't left out. Don Greinke received a watch and Marsha Greinke received a pendant, as did his wife Emily, from general manager Dayton Moore and manager Trey Hillman. The gifts had a Cy Young-Greinke motif.
The Royals' former Cy Young Award winners, Bret Saberhagen and David Cone, joined Bob Dutton of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in presenting the 2009 award to Greinke. Saberhagen won in 1985 and '89 and Cone won in '94.
Fellow pitcher Brian Bannister handed Greinke the Players Choice Award for being voted the AL's outstanding pitcher in a vote of players. In his honor, the Major League Baseball Players Trust awarded a $20,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City.
There were framed mementos: a Greinke No. 23 uniform and lineup card from teammates presented by pitcher Gil Meche, a pitching rubber marking his 15-strikeout game presented by former pitcher Paul Splittorff and a home plate commemorating his 242 strikeouts by record-holder Dennis Leonard (244).
A set of golf clubs came from TaylorMade.
Greinke, not much for ceremony, smiled sheepishly as he came onto the field on a blue carpet flanked by his 2010 teammates.
Broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre emceed the occasion, and when it was over Greinke, true to his nature, smiled and waved his thanks but said not a word.
He'll speak with his pitching arm on Saturday night against the Red Sox.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.