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Zambrano calls Cubs 'embarrassing' after loss

Posted on: June 5, 2011 6:12 pm
Edited on: June 5, 2011 6:19 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

After the Cubs blew the game Sunday afternoon to the Cardinals -- their sixth straight loss and eighth in their last nine -- starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano was evidently a bit upset. He reportedly said the Cubs are "embarrassing" and a "Triple-A team" (Paul Sullivan via Twitter). This came after Carlos Marmol blew a save for the second consecutive Zambrano start -- meaning Zambrano went 15 innings and allowed just two earned runs in his past two starts, yet the Cubs lost both times.

The big blow Sunday was Albert Pujols hitting a walk-off home run for the second straight day, though Zambrano was more peeved with Ryan Theriot's game-tying double in the bottom of the ninth (via Chicago Tribune)
"The problem wasn't Pujols," Zambrano said. "The problem was the (game-tying) at-bat. We should know better than this. We play like a Triple-A team. This is embarrassing, embarrassing for the team and the owners."

"Embarrassing for the fans. Embarrassed- that's the word for this team. "We should know better than this. We should know better than what we (did) on the field. We should know that Ryan Theriot is not a good fastball hitter. We should know that as a team. We should play better here. We stink. That's all I've got to say."
Zambrano's referencing the fact that Marmol shook off Koyie Hill's fastball and instead giving up Theriot's double on a slider.

The interesting thing about these post-game statements is that Zambrano said all the right things last time out and offered support to Marmol. Apparently he couldn't take it for the second consecutive time and melted down. I can envision Zambrano catching a lot of flak for this, but is he really wrong? The Cubs obviously don't have the best collection of talent and have suffered injuries, but they're playing pretty embarrassing baseball right now. They can't protect leads, they recently went 21 innings without taking a walk -- and the streak was broken by Zambrano -- they make careless errors and hit terribly with runners in scoring position.

It's just a bad baseball team. The guess is Zambrano's not the only one who feels this way, he's simply the only one vocalizing it.

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Posted on: December 21, 2011 6:06 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Zambrano calls Cubs 'embarrassing' after loss

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Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:16 am
 

Zambrano calls Cubs 'embarrassing' after loss

Well saying that we are playing like a triple A team would be a praise.......More like a Little League team.  We see it in the running game, the lack of bunts or steals, the bullpen (sucks) and the manager for afraid of bruising an ego.  Carlos you told the TRUTH and that is basically that the Cubs suck this year. 

Ball players should be paid like golfers..........you play great you earn money but if you suck then you don't get paid.  I know managers and GM's hate to bruise their stars ego but face it we are terrible.   Now think for a second would Pujos want to play with a bunch of misfits like this? 

Keep Barney, Castro maybe Byrd, Tyler and send the rest parking.  I have to turn the volume down when Marmol comes in because it just seems that he is usually right on or not even in the same ball park.  He walks to many and then hits a few along the way.  I don't think he has what it takes to be a closer between the ears.

Just call it as it should be.........FIRE SALE and stop trading away our your for stars on the down slope of their careers but we all know that this will continue.

So in reference to calling a closed meeting I think most "Stars" would have their I-pods or head sets on and not be paying attention to what is said........I mean they don't listen out on the field.  Wait I hope I didn't bruise a 100 Million dollar ego - did I ?



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:46 am
 

Zambrano calls Cubs 'embarrassing' after loss

've watched the Cubs play my Reds a few times this year and they look like a beer league softball 
your beer league softball team probably plays better defense and fundamentals



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:43 am
 

Zambrano calls Cubs 'embarrassing' after loss

Needless to say Sandberg and Dawson would have kicked his rear end for this crap! 
If Dawson played like Soriano and Sandberg played like Ramirez then Zambrano would rightly kick their rear! 

Zambrano is the ONLY thing about this pathetic team that is still interesting



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 10:43 pm
 

Zambrano calls Cubs 'embarrassing' after loss

I am flattered that you wasted your time with all of this..... FLATTERED!!! Congrats on finally spelling grammar correctly. A+++ for you junior. Ooops???? LMFAO!!!!! Try oops.... it never ends when dealing with the uneducated. Are you done licking all the bus windows pal??



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 10:40 pm
 

Zambrano calls Cubs 'embarrassing' after loss

Expected..... zzzzzzzz Uneducated idiots bore me...



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 8:04 pm
 

Zambrano calls Cubs 'embarrassing' after loss

I support Zambrano here, and apparently, so do several others on this board. For those of you criticizing Zambrano as a head case or a nut job, just tell me this, What did Zambrano say that isn't the truth ? Is he lying ?? The fact is, the Cubs ARE playing like an AAA team, partly because they have a few minor leaguers starting due to injuries right now. But also because the team, as usual, has no fire, no direction, nothing. Quade never was the man for the managerial job. Hendry, the joke of a GM, allowed Ryne Sandberg to be passed over for the job. Now Sandberg is gone and the team is suffering again. Colvin is a good young player whose talent is being wasted in the minors, or on the bench. The team never bunts for a base hit. They rarely sacrifice bunt. A straight steal ? Hit and run ?? NEVER ! Quade and Co. don't know anything other than station to station baseball. The Cubs are a lousy team and the front office is horrible.

Zambrano is right on with his comments. The only thing I might have done different, were I him, i would have called a team meeting and aired out my gripes in private, rather than to reporters. Keep it in house. Then again, maybe the manager and players needed a public spanking in order to wake them up.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 6:26 pm
 

Zambrano calls Cubs 'embarrassing' after loss

Zambrano is right, only problem is that he is just as much a part of the problem, so he should probably stop pointing fingers.


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