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Zambrano ejected for throwing at Jones

Posted on: August 12, 2011 9:30 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 10:49 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

After coughing up his fifth home run of the game to the Braves -- coming off the bat of red-hot Dan Uggla -- volatile Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano had a conference with his pitching coach. The Cubs were trailing 8-1 with one out in the fifth. The guess here is Zambrano was told he wasn't coming out of the game just yet because the Cubs were trying to save the bullpen. Zambrano then threw at Chipper Jones and got himself ejected. The Braves hadn't been showboating whatsoever on any of the five home runs, so the best explanation is that Zambrano had had enough and was ready to take his ball and go home.

As if his intent wasn't clear enough, Zambrano immediately and calmly started walking toward the Cubs dugout, even as the Braves' dugout emptied. He didn't want to fight (nor did anyone else, fortunately, as nothing happened once the benches were cleared). He just didn't care to help his team and wanted out of the game. I've always been fair with Zambrano -- in fact, I have defended him before in this space -- but this was blatant disregard for everything but his own, selfish intentions.

Look, we don't know what was said on the mound by Cubs pitching coach Mark Riggins, but it's not very feasible he went out there and told Zambrano to throw at one of the most respected veterans in baseball. Therefore I'd have to conclude that Zambrano was acting only in the interests of himself -- whether he didn't want his ERA to suffer any more damage or if he was just sick of getting pounded around the ballpark, who knows? -- and didn't really care what his coaches, teammates and manager might need from him.

These are the kinds of things that make me want to stop defending Zambrano for good. He's 30 years old. Enough's enough.

READ MORE: Evidently Zambrano agrees enough is enough, because he's telling people he's retiring from baseball.

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Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2011 9:23 am
 

Zambrano ejected for throwing at Jones

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Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:47 am
 

Zambrano ejected for throwing at Jones

learn to read that's not what he said



Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:21 am
 

Zambrano ejected for throwing at Jones

You actually condone Zambrano throwing at one of the most respected veterens in baseball who didn't showboat?

When Big Z retires, you need to follow him. 



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 11:54 pm
 

Zambrano ejected for throwing at Jones

Whats the problem?

I dont think he could have thrown at a nicer guy!!! 



Since: Aug 12, 2011
Posted on: August 12, 2011 11:13 pm
 

Zambrano ejected for throwing at Jones

another cubs fan. what a role model! wish I could make millions and be an idiot. carlos - do everyone a favor and retire - please.


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