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Columnist bashes Carlos Zambrano for flying to Guatemala to adopt a baby boy

Jul 7, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

Carlos Zambrano AP

One could reasonably criticize the Cubs and Carlos Zambrano for various things he’s done while suffering from a bad back. Gotta be careful and everything, because his health is important.

One could also unreasonably criticize the Cubs and Carlos Zambrano for the way he handles himself while he’s recovering from his injuries.  This bit, from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune, looks pretty damn unreasonable to me:

Now get a load of this: Zambrano plans to fly to Guatemala over the All-Star break to prepare for the adoption of his son. Can you say “utter disrespect,’’ boys and girls?

He calls Zambrano a “dope” for doing this and the Cubs “dopes” for allowing it.

Yeah, I mean, where does he get off? How dare you claim you can’t fly with the team to Washington for an early-July series against the Nationals in which you would not have participated while doing silly stuff like going to Guatemala to adopt a baby boy?!  Those things are totally equivalent in terms of importance! How disrespectful of you, dumb dumb Carlos Zambrano for doing it and dumb dumb Cubs for allowing it!

Some folks get criticized for missing the game as a result of having their heads buried in spreadsheets. Better that than to miss the important things in life as a result of having your head buried in a game.

  1. skerney - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Carlos Zambrano has love in his heart for needy children? The last straw! Get this bum outta here!

    • trevorb06 - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:10 PM

      At least he is adopting needy children instead of introducing more angry zambranos into the world. :-)

      #HEAVY sarcasm.

  2. dsmaxsucks - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    In 1989, All Star pitcher Tim Burke did the same thing.

    Headline in People magazine: “All-Star Pitcher Tim Burke Goes Home a Winner with a Baby Boy”,,20120916,00.html–

    What’s Rosenbloom doing when he’s not at the All Star game? Killing baby boys?

    • jimbo1949 - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:40 PM


      • The Common Man - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:48 PM

        Here’s that link, which (rightfully) fawns over and lauds Burke’s decision:,,20120916,00.html

  3. Jonny 5 - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    I missed work before because I just didn’t want to go. Nobody wrote a bad article about me either.

  4. Brian Murphy - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Colby Lewis sympathizes.

  5. b7p19 - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    It’s only mean hearted and disrespectful if he plans to raise the child as a Cubs fan or Chicago sports columnist. This guy is the clown of all clowns.

  6. The Common Man - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    In many ways, this column is even more egregious than that idiot one blasting Colby Lewis for having the audacity to miss a start to attend the birth of his child. Zambrano’s not even missing a start, and he’s making a huge difference in the life of a child who needs him and his family. How dare Steve Rosenbloom ridicule him for it?

    I hope any of Rosenbloom’s colleagues at the Tribune who have been courageous enough to adopt themselves will corner him and give him a both a piece of their mind, and a right cross to the jaw.


    • Manni Stats - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:02 PM

      Oh TCM, you don’t know the Tribune writers that well, do you? Rosenbloom might be the least hackish of the writers there. Hell, Cubs beat writer Paul Sullivan basically is open about his agenda against Zambrano.

  7. royalsfaninfargo - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Did Jay Mariotti re-appear in the form of a Tribune writer? What a D-bag. Do Chicago sports writers write anything nice about people outside of Micheal Jordan?

    • skerney - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:05 PM

      Ryne Sandberg, Mark Grace, Dusty…..wait, scratch the last one.

    • mckludge - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:21 PM

      Ditka can do no wrong, and Butkus ain’t far behind.

  8. skerney - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Those who were adopted by loving families, work to place kids in homes, and have adopted needy children should circulate Rosenblooms lunkheaded column to those who spend their lives trying to help needy children get a better chance in life.

  9. kmgannon - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    I thought this was a joke….then I read the piece. What a piece of crap that “column” (others’ words, not mine) was. Talk about a complete and utter lack of perspective. Rosenbloom is a prime example of the “I-take-myself-so-damn-seriously-and-everyone-else-should-too” syndrome that plagues sportswriters of his ilk (Mariotti, Lupica, et al.). I am offended on many levels by his argument, and feel like I’ve already spent too much time addressing it.

    /Feels better to vent.
    //He’s still a douche.

  10. rycollins152 - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    This is the best thing that Carlos has done this year.

    And, becoming a parent, one would argue, has more significance in one’s life than our silly little games we watch on television… I personally think so… And, I know I’m not alone…

    Rosenbloom went from interesting to disgraceful in 5 quick minutes…

  11. sbs0311 - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    This columnist needs a dose of perspective AND a pink slip.

  12. trevorb06 - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Does this mean we’re going to see a bunch of Zambrano – PED – Steroid stories saying he ‘must be on the juice if he cannot procreate on his own!’

    Craig, you’d probably enjoy that blog fodder. :-)

  13. IdahoMariner - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    How do you not stop yourself halfway through writing that and think “wow. I am a total douchebag who has lost all touch with what is actually important in life.”

    It’s not like Zambrano doesn’t give him plenty of material with just his performance and behavior on the field and toward his teammates. He doesn’t need to stretch for a reason to criticize him.

    If the idea of lauding Zambrano for doing something positive (ala the article on Burke) killed him, he could have just kepy his mouth shut.

  14. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Let’s ask the orphan who is about to become a millionaire if this is important.

  15. jasonc2300 - Jul 7, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    This is the stupidest thing I’ve read all day. And that’s saying something.

  16. mogogo1 - Jul 7, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Dumbest thing about it is the trip is over the All Star break…there aren’t even games taking place. Probably half of the other players are also traveling someplace over the break. So some dude is going to party down on South Beach and Rosenbloom is perfectly happy with that, but it’s “disrespectful” for Zambrano to go adopt a kid? No wonder they never win. Nobody in their right mind would want to put up with garbage like this.

  17. henryd3rd - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Its a shame the Steve Rosenbloom’s parents had a child born with brain damage. Obviously this man has some real mental issues. Maybe his mother used far too much nicotine while she was pregnant and it may have inhibited the growth of his brain cells. At any rate I hope this man never marries and has children. Its obvious he’ll never be a decent parent and never mind a decent man.

  18. goforthanddie - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    More people need to look into adoption. As long as he keeps his anger issues on the field, he is to be commended.

  19. hittfamily - Jul 8, 2011 at 3:58 AM

    Taking a child out of poverty, and doing it in his spare time. What a bastard.

  20. Meloship of the Ring - Jul 8, 2011 at 4:15 AM

    Rosenbloom is a jackass but his point in this article is totally being misunderstood. His point was that it was stupid for the cubs to let Zambrano fly to adopt a kid when they wouldn’t let him fly to Washington for a bullpen session due to fear he might hurt his back on the team plane. Rosenbloom is still a jackass but he wasn’t ripping Zambrano for adopting the kid, he was ripping him and the cubs for flying when the cubs didn’t want him to fly.

  21. Manni Stats - Jul 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    The flights were at least a week apart, and Z is pitching a minor league rehab game today, so I’m guessing he’d be okay to fly regardless. Detailed here:

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