Carlos Zambrano: Alfonso Soriano Right to Confront Hot-Headed Pitcher
Carlos Zambrano at one time had the potential to become one of the best pitchers in baseball, but instead he just continued being the biggest hot-head. After Zambrano’s latest temper tantrum following an ejection for throwing inside pitches, he was confronted by veteran teammate Alfonso Soriano. The outfielder followed him into the locker room and told him what needed to be said.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, Soriano let Zambrano know his thoughts saying: “I told him what he did was wrong.” He continued defending the immature pitcher, but at the same time getting across the point that he needs to change:
“We are human. We are not machines. He had a bad day, but you're not supposed to hit some guy because they hit [home runs off] you. Now you put [your] hitters in a tough position because maybe sooner or later they want to hit one of us. That's what I said to him. And I'm surprised they haven't hit nobody yet. He was angry and at the same time I think more frustrated. I just said it, and he told me one word that I don't want to say, because he's frustrated.”
Hmm, I wonder that that “one word” was.
Soriano had to call Zambrano out. The pitcher has been nothing but trouble all season. His play on the field hasn’t even made up for his attitude like in years past; an ERA of 4.82 definitely isn’t getting the job done.
Zambrano has threatened to retire, but there’s no way he walks away from his massive contract. According to ESPN, the Cubs have suspended him from the team for 30 days without pay. It will be interesting to see if he’s played his last game in Chicago because he won’t retire and there isn’t a team out there that’ll trade for him.
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