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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 “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

  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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