Cubs Zambrano fired up!
Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano was once again.. Fired Up! He just broke a bat over his knee less than a week ago, and now, yesterday, he sounded off on his teammates for not backing him up. Zambrano pitched seven innings, only giving up five hits, no runs, two walks, and three K’s. His teammate, Cubs reliever, Carlos Marmol, gave up the game tying run in the ninth inning. Zambrano was left with a no-decision because Marmol gave up a run. The Chicago Cubs have a dismal 23-34 record this season. Cardinals Albert Pujols hit the game winning walk-off HR to win in the 10th inning. On a separate note, Pujols hit back-to-back walk-off HR’s; hitting one on Sat June 4 as well. Check out Zambrano’s post-game convo, courtesy espn, and watch Zambrano break his bat (badly) over his knee below!
“The problem wasn’t Pujols,” Zambrano said. “The problem was [Theriot’s] at-bat. We should have known better than this. We are playing like a Triple-A team. This is embarrassing. Embarrassing for the team and the owners. Embarrassing for the fans. Embarrassing, that’s the word for this team.”
“We should know that Ryan Theriot is not a good fastball hitter,” Zambrano yelled after turning in the direction of Marmol’s then-vacated locker. “We should know that as a team. We should play better here. We stink. That’s all I’ve got to say.”
Marmol, when approached for the second time by reporters, was surprised to hear that Zambrano had pointed the finger at him.
“I don’t know what’s going on,” Marmol said.
Cubs general manager Jim Hendry was not pleased with Zambrano’s reaction.
“Marmol has been outstanding for us for a long time,” Hendry said. “He’s just going through a rough patch right now. Everybody is frustrated [with losing]. Sometimes things boil over but you have to be a better teammate than that.”