As blunt as Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano’s critical comments directed towards his teammates were after another devastating lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, it’s hard to dispute the truth to his words.
Albert Pujols had the Cubs feeling déjà vu and possibly worse with his second straight walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th.
Afterwards, Carlos Zambrano went on a tirade that will mostly likely signal an end to his roller coaster career with the Cubs.
In a post-game interview, he referred his team as a bunch of “Triple A players,” and he expressed he was humiliated by his teams performance citing it’s, “embarrassing for the team and the owners. Embarrassing for the fans,” and he added, “Embarrassed—that the word for this team.”
As honest as Zambrano is, can anyone refute his comments?
Sadly, and even though the timing of his comments may have come at the wrong time, nobody can argue against the frustration Zambrano is feeling.
The Cubs are playing awful baseball and it appears it will be a slow, torturous conclusion for the fans and the players before the last pitch is thrown in September.
Zambrano was generous with his use of vocabulary when he called out this roster full of underachievers.
It’s embarrassing when a pitcher throws a 45 foot curve ball or when an infielder makes an errant throw over the first baseman’s head.
However, it is upsetting when a team makes the same fundamental mistakes every single game and there are not any indications of the team making any improvements.
For the majority of the season, the constant theme for the Cubs has been the same: the lack of clutch hits, the lack of clutch pitching and the lack of dedication for the game.
Outside of the lone bright spots from Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney, this Cubs season has been a lost cause from the very beginning and we are just in the first week of June.
It would be unfair for the media or the fans to ask Zambrano to apologize for his rant because he was only speaking what everybody was thinking.
Zambrano should not be feeling any remorse about how he spoke about his teams’ performance.
He should not have to request for forgiveness from his players.
Why should he do anything when it is plain and simple what we see on field?
The Cubs organization, from the owner to the players, is to blame for this horrid start to this campaign. The only foreseeable resolution for the Cubs would to become sellers at the trade deadline, and to look to rebuild for the future.
The truth hurts and it’s something the Cubs have to accept.
But apparently, they just can’t handle the truth.