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Zambrano apologizes, wants to stay with Cubs

Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:37 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 6:40 pm
By Matt Snyder

Zambrano Saga
In a development that isn't too surprising to those who have been paying attention to Carlos Zambrano's antics over the years, he's really sorry. And he wants to stay with the Cubs for the rest of his career. It's the same song and dance we've heard from Zambrano over the years, pretty much after every single meltdown.

Speaking on WGN radio Monday, Zambrano apologized to the Cubs organization and said he wants to "be a Cubbie for the rest of [his] life," also saying the Cubs have been very good to him (

Friday, Zambrano was ejected after throwing at Chipper Jones of the Braves, seemingly intentionally. But Zambrano told WGN radio that he was not throwing at Jones. Following the game, news broke that Zambrano had packed up his stuff and left the clubhouse, telling some people he was retiring from baseball. The nameplate at his locker had been removed as well. Zambrano said Monday he only mentioned retirement out of frustration in a few private conversations in the locker room and he doesn't really want to retire. He also said he wanted to rejoin his teammates Saturday and doesn't agree with him being suspended by the club (David Kaplan via Twitter).

It's very likely there's no way Zambrano's retiring. He has $18 million on the table for the 2012 season. He has been placed on the disqualified list by the Cubs and the MLB Players Association is reportedly filing a grievance on his behalf Monday night in dispute of the decision.

Zambrano, 30, is 9-7 with a 4.82 ERA and 1.44 WHIP this season.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 11:36 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:25 pm

Zambrano apologizes, wants to stay with Cubs

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 5:32 pm

Zambrano apologizes, wants to stay with Cubs

Attendance should be down 90%, not 10%.

It's at a 10 year low.  That is a lot different than down 10%.  They seat roughly 40K and sold out through most of the 2000s when they had a contending team.  They routinely draw in the mid 20s paid, which is probably high teens actual attendance. 

Also, TV ratings are down something like 40%.  I love the Cubs but it is hard to stomach the product on the field.  Castro is a fun player to watch, but Z, Soriano, and Ramirez are painfull.  They were willing to spend money, but they did so by signing some terrible contracts, and now they are stuck with untradeable players.  Z has always had temper problems but they have gotten progressively worse as his pitching has gotten worse.  The have given him chance after chance because they are on the hook for so much dough, and they do not want to pay him 30 mil to sit at home for two years.  That may be what they have to do though.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 5:27 pm

Zambrano apologizes, wants to stay with Cubs

This man is mentally challenged. He just plain and simple does not get it he started his press conferance he says he was sorry them says some right things. Then blows the Cubs brass out of the water with his opinions aabout Mike Quade and Jim Hendry. As Sorioano said mentaly weak.

Since: Feb 15, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2011 2:42 pm

Zambrano apologizes, wants to stay with Cubs

I want to fight this guy so bad

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 2:18 pm

Zambrano apologizes, wants to stay with Cubs

No shows don't drink beer or eat hot dogs.  People do not spend the money to intentionally not show up, they do it because the money is already spent and they don't want to go.  It shows a lack of demand and likely means lower attendance the following year.  In all liklihood, it shows that the scalpers and season ticket holders who sold off their extras could not get rid of their tickets the way they could in previous years.

Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 1:07 pm

Zambrano apologizes, wants to stay with Cubs

I get so tired of hearing of Carlos Zambrano's antics.  And just like the article talks about he always comes back and says he's sorry.  Of course like another poster pointed out he never takes full responsibility for the action and says I was wrong then works to correct the malfunction.  Nah...that would be too much like work.  So saying sorry then just moving on is the easy way out.  I'd love to see Zambrano go cross town to the White Sox and see how he and Ozzie Guillen would work together.  I'm sure both would stay fully composed throughout the whole season...

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:47 am

Zambrano apologizes, wants to stay with Cubs

Zambrano doesn't even know he's a monster, nobody speaks up to him because they're scared he'll kill them.   Great guy away from baseball by almost any standard, but a nut job on the mound.   He has no reason to think he won't be back.   At least his contract is coming to an end, may help end the nightmare, but I wouldn't be surprised for a second if he stays and they move a few other players instead.

He's infected anybody that's been around him, just like Sosa did before, and we'll see the same selfish antics from somebody else in 5 years because of the enviorment in the organization.    Let him come back and put him in the bullpen, I would love for him to go away, but  that's not going to change anything within the organization long term.     He's not going to lose any real money from his contract and any money saved isn't going to be put back into the club anyway.    I wouldn't be surprised if any 2 of Zambrano, Hendry, and Quade are still there next year.   

This garbage just hurts my head.   What a waste.  

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:34 am

Zambrano apologizes, wants to stay with Cubs

There is no more meaningless statement in the world than "I take full responsibility."  You show responsibility by sacrifice.  Give money to charity, give your time to charity, admit your guilt without reservation.  Zambrano has not said "I was wrong" just "I am sorry."  He's still claiming he shouldn't have been suspended.  He should say "I was wrong 100%, I should never have walked out on the team and on the fans like I did.  I will abide my suspension and await whatever ruling and possible punishment the Cubs and/or the league will issue.  I deeply and sincerely apologize and vow this will NEVER happen again."  He should then adjourn to a soup kitchen and work there until he hears from Cubs management.  But, of course, he won't.  He rail against his suspension and file grievances and lawsuits against management.  He just doesn't get it.  Advice to Cubs management:  get rid of this toxic moron ASAP.  Forget his salary, it's gone.  Get whatever value you can for him and then count yourselves lucky to be rid of him.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:24 am

Zambrano apologizes, wants to stay with Cubs

Send him home with out pay and Fire his stupid ass!

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