Carlos Zambrano exploded in the Cubs locker room after he pitched seven innings to set the Cubs up for a win until Carlos Marmol blew the lead in the top of the ninth, and Albert Pujols won it in extras.
Zambrano blamed Marmol for not knowing that Ryan Theriot was not a good fastball hitter and threw him a slider instead, which tied the game. He then went on to say that the Cubs play this season is "embarrassing" and that it is like a Triple-A team.
Well Carlos, you are right.
To be honest, I credit Zambrano for calling his team embarrassing and calling them out because to me it shows a fire to win. However, he did not do it in the right manner. Hold a players only meeting if you want to talk about this, but don't go to the media.
And Carlos, nobody wants to hear from you anymore. Your act is old. You do stupid things that only hurt the team, and your teammates are probably sick of it. You do not make them better, you make them worse. Go talk to the manager about this and have him say something.
To say this stuff is just stupid on your part, so stop, for all of us.
The Cubs are bad and it doesn't take a genius to recognize that. But Carlos, don't point fingers at others.
I was taught that in Little League that you win as a team and lose as a team. I know you have a tendency to point fingers with your catchers, but take it upon yourself to make the team better. You are insane and everyone in baseball knows it. You have good stuff, but your "me first" attitude makes you unwanted by the rest of the league.
The Cubs have some major problems and Carlos, by going on this rant, you may win yourself out of Chicago or doom yourself to staying.
First, Zambrano's contract is gigantic. The Yankees would be a great fit for him because they would be willing to take some of his contract, and they are in need of a starting pitcher. The Cubs could have gotten a nice return for Zambrano too, after he seemed like a changed man from the guy who got suspended from the team last season.
He actually seemed to be a normal pitcher who was not a bad influence on the rest of the team—and now this. So now, the Cubs will have to do something about this guy. Do you suspend him, trade him for nothing, release him while still paying him or just make him apologize and move on?
Well, suspending him didn't work before, so why try again? Nothing can make this guy put his teammates above himself.
So then, trade him for what he's worth—and he is worth nothing. Why would a team in contention risk the chemistry of the team by bringing this guy in. As good of a pitcher as he can be, he can destroy a team.
If I was a general manager, I would steer clear of this guy. There are a few managers in baseball who would keep this guy under control and maybe for three months, he can put on a good act and be a good teammate, but why risk it?
The Cubs have to do something, and I would say to just release the guy. Take the hit and get rid of this problem.
I know it is easy to say when it is not my money, but please, to use Brian Sabean's words: "If I never hear from him again or he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we'll all be happy."