When you win the Cy Young Award, it ordinarily is considered a blessing.
For Zack Greinke, however, it has become something of a curse.
As Greinke tries to find his way with the Milwaukee Brewers, his 2009 season continues to cast a long shadow over him. Not because it was a tough year for the 27-year-old right-hander. To the contrary, he was about as good as it gets.
And therein lies the rub. Once you've been that dominant, people expect you to do it again.
"A lot of people have different expectations," said Greinke, acquired in a blockbuster trade with Kansas City just before Christmas.
"Some people probably expect a lot; some people probably don't expect much. Everyone thinks differently."