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Good news for Gatorade coolers: Carlos Zambrano’s anger management issues are “cured”

Feb 22, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

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Last year Carlos Zambrano was ordered to undergo anger management counseling after he nearly came to blows with teammate Derrek Lee and bashed a Gatorade cooler into submission during a dugout tantrum in June.

Today he talked about the counseling, telling Carrie Muskat of MLB.com: “It’s all done. I’m cured.”

Here’s more from the kindler, gentler (and no longer an Opening Day starter) Zambrano:

The problem I have to solve is when I get upset on the field. I think my problem is after I cross those lines. When somebody makes an error or I make an error, that’s my problem. I have to focus on that this year. Off the field, I consider myself a nice guy and people can talk about that. I don’t like to talk about myself. I got approval from the psychologists that I can be by myself. It did work, and believe me, that was an experience that I can take through the years.

If there’s a therapist in existence who can successfully stop Zambrano from acting like a crazy person on the field (and in the dugout) the Cubs should throw a parade in his honor and he should replace Dr. Drew and Dr. Phil as the country’s top doctor-who-appears-on-television-a-lot.

Check out video from today’s media session at CSNChicago.com.

  1. Jonny 5 - Feb 22, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    The Gatorade cooler is still healing and fears baseball games to this day. A lawsuit is pending as he has not come off the DL yet.

  2. sknut - Feb 22, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    When pressed for more details Big Z stated “I said I am f%^##&*$%# cured, now where is my bat and cooler!”

  3. spudchukar - Feb 22, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    If you claim you are cured of “anger issues”, you neither understand your problems nor are you “fixed”.

  4. cur68 - Feb 22, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    I wish Carlos would take out his anger on a different inanimate object this season. Maybe they could invite Hank Steinbrenner to sit in the dugout when Z pitches?

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