Astros pitcher, Zack Greinke, should have accommodations for interviews from the MLB.

Astros pitcher, Zack Greinke, should have accommodations for interviews from the MLB.

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Mary Warwick started this petition to MLB

Social anxiety affects 15 million adults in the United States.  16.2 million adults in the United States will have one major depressive episode.  2.6 million people are on the high-functioning end of the Autism spectrum, previously called Asperger’s Syndrome.  Those on the spectrum usually have depression and anxiety as well.    Put these three together and you often get a high achieving, very bright person, who does not function well in social situations.  Not only do they not function well, it can often become a detriment to their overall mental health.

Accommodations are made for people with physical disabilities all the time.  These are observable and easier to understand.  It is harder to get accommodations for a person with a brain that thinks and functions differently because it is harder for us to put ourselves in the shoes of someone whose brain thinks and functions differently than our own.  It is also easier to criticize people who behave "differently" in social situations.   What does this have to do with Zack Greinke of the Houston Astros?  Zack has said he has social anxiety and depression.  His mannerisms also show he is probably on the spectrum and he should have accommodations for giving interviews. 

In the case of Zack Greinke, fans may wonder, “Why doesn’t he sit up and answer the questions like everyone else.”  If Zack is in on the spectrum, he cannot make up fluffy answers that sound good on TV or the radio.  If a reporter asks him a ridiculous question, Zack can’t say anything else other than the truth, usually something to the effect of, “I don’t know.” 

Zack is an extremely talented pitcher whose career has been sidelined before by anxiety and depression.  Why should he not receive accommodations for his disability so he can continue to use his talent on the field?

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