Carlos Zambrano has allegedly walked out on the Chicago Cubs after yesterday's nightmare against the Atlanta Braves. Zambrano is no stranger to ejections and has had quite a few meltdowns during his career. According to reports, last night's tantrum may be his last, indicating Big Z is done with the Cubs.
Here's what manager Mike Quade had to say about the ordeal:
“I’m really disappointed, His locker is empty. I don’t know where he’s at. He walked out on 24 guys that are battling their asses off for him. I don’t know where he’s gone or what he’s doing. I heard he has retired, or talking about retiring. I can’t have a guy walking out on 24 guys, that’s for damn sure.”
Quade is absolutely correct on how he assessed the situation. Carlos Zambrano has acted like a child before, but this time went too far. The disrespect shown to his teammates is inexcusable. No grown man, especially one that being paid millions of dollars should revert to childish antics. Simply put, Zambrano is pathetic.
Just imagine how Zambrano's teammates are reacting to this. Geovany Soto went on record stating that this is all "shocking." Who would want someone back after walking out on fellow players? Veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd sure doesn't.
"He’s retiring? Well, then that means he has had enough. People retire for certain reasons. They’re done with the game. If that’s the case, I wish him well. I don’t know. I have no clue."
Carlos Zambrano may have thrown a no-hitter and been named the Cubs' ace for the past few years, but good riddance to you Big Z. Have fun trying to scrap for a job at another club. Hopefully, they're tolerant and patient for your ridiculous behavior.
The Cubs are better off without you.
UPDATE: The Chicago Cubs have placed Carlos Zambrano on the 30-day disqualified list. He will not receive pay and can not contact the club.