Carlos Zambrano Goes Berserk, Gets Ejected, and Will Be Suspended

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IMay 28, 2009

CHICAGO - MAY 27: Carlos Zambrano #38 of the Chicago Cubs argues with home plate umpire Mark Carlson #48 after a play at the plate in the 7th inning with Zambrano and Nyjer Morgan of the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 27, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Pirates 5-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Carlos Zambrano has always been known as a player who wears his emotion on his sleeve, and today it cost him.

He was called on an extremely close play at the plate, where Nyjer Morgan slid in just before Zambrano was able to get the tag down, but Morgan barely got his hand in before Zambrano could tag him out.

Mark Carlson, the umpire on the call, actually made a tremendous call, because from first angle it looked like Morgan was blocked by Zambrano and he was out. But upon further review of the play, it shows that he slid his hand in before the tag could be made.

The reason for Zambrano covering home was because he threw a wild pitch and had to get to home to take the throw from Geovany Soto.

As Zambrano began to argue, he accidentally made contact with Carlson, who made the immediate ejection. After Zambrano was ejected, he threw the ball he had towards the outfield. And once in the dugout, he took his frustration out on a water cooler with a bat.

But before all that, after Carlson gave the signal of Zambrano being ejected, Zambrano came right back at Carlson by giving the signal that Carlson was ejected. That's what will be most remembered—Zambrano giving the ejection signal to Carlson.

It may be hilarious to some, but too me, most managers or players who are ejected after an umpire clearly misses a call feel the same way as Zambrano did when making the ejection signal.

Even though I'm not a Chicago Cubs fan, I can appreciate Zambrano. I love how he pitches and I love how he wears his heart on his sleeve.  And if the Cubs are tired of him, please send him to Oakland, we need someone who will actually show some emotion.

Honestly, would you rather see a player who gets upset over a close call or would you rather have someone who just shrugs their shoulders and says "okay?"

To me, the one that gets upset shows the most passion and are the most fun to watch.

If you want too see the total opposite of Zambrano, just look at Oakland A's manager Bob Geren. A man with absolutely no personality, and even when he's arguing, you can't even tell he's upset.  He rarely argues to begin with.

He's a manager who's so frustrating and who will never ever stand up for his pitchers on a close pitch.

Even though, due to the outburst, Zambrano is going to be suspended and fined a substantial amount of money, I would take Zambrano over most pitchers to start a rotation. Because you know he's going to give you his best effort every time he's out on the mound.


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