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Carlos Zambrano ripped for apologizing to his teammates

Jul 27, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

Because nothing is easy with Carlos Zambrano, even his apology to his teammates over his meltdown last month is controversial.

Why? Because he did it on ESPN last night.  That set off Rick Morrissey of the Sun-Times, who called the apology a “stunt” and ripped into Zambrano for not apologizing to the Cubs in person.  You should really read it all. Just beware of the rage and the flying spittle and everything, which somehow comes through the screen on this one.

Except, according to Carrie Muskat of, Zambrano couldn’t have possibly apologized in person yet because the Cubs won’t let Zambrano talk to his teammates until he rejoined the team, and that won’t be until he’s activated, most likely on Friday.  Zambrano said that he’s wanted to apologize since the incident happened but that the team thought he needed to go through counseling first. Which makes sense from a “don’t say you’re sorry until you know why you’re sorry” perspective.

But it’s been a month now, and he’s done with counseling. ESPN got to him and he didn’t run away.  What’s so wrong with apologizing in that situation?

I can’t see any problem.  And really, if Zambrano had made a single public appearance without apologizing, would anyone wanna bet that Morrissey wouldn’t have ripped him for not apologizing?  Not me, man. Not me.

  1. bigtrav425 - Jul 27, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Morrissey is a Douche

  2. kyle s - Jul 27, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    there is a light that never goes out…

  3. beezo - Jul 27, 2010 at 9:50 PM

    Zambrano did NOT apologize to his teammates last night, he apologized to “the fans and everybody in Chicago.” Sure he owes his teammates an apology, and I’m sure he will issue that apology in private, not on national television. But I can’t really blame Chicago fans for wanting him out.

  4. vievegene - Jul 28, 2010 at 6:45 AM

    Big Z is a darn good pitcher and a good hitter at the same time. Unfortunately he isn’t the only starting pitcher who can help win ball games without pitching well. There are a couple really good hitting pitchers out there. I can name two right off the top of my head.

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