8:31 AM CDT, June 7, 2011
Carlos Zambrano apologized for telling the truth. Carlos Marmol said everything's fine.
Yes. Well. Except for the obvious fact that the Cubs still play like a Triple-A team and still are embarrassing. So Cub.
Zambrano went off on the Cubs on Sunday after their sixth straight loss and second straight sweep. You know the deal by now. “Triple-A.’’ “Embarrassing.’’ “We stink.’’
And you could’ve guessed how Monday’s game in Cincinnati would turned out. The Cubs made a winner of those people who had 8-2 in the Flatlined/Braindead Pool.
Truth is, it’s embarrassing when “embarrassing’’ isn’t embarrassing enough to describe the Cubs.
The response to Zambrano’s outburst was, well, there was no response. I expected something from an alleged authority figure because that’s the way Cubs management usually deals with truth.
But no. Nothing.
The Fanboy Owner had nothing to say, perhaps still stinging from last week’s stupid utterance that injuries are the only reason his team has one of the worst records in baseball.
The general manager offered no comment because he was busy drafting the next big prospect that his organization will fail to develop.
The manager said he met with Zambrano, and that was that. No punishment, no fine, no nothing.
And speaking of nothing, that’s what the Cubs provided on the field.
And that’s that’s the killer. That’s the biggest embarrassment. The joke’s on the players, but they don’t seem to know or don’t seem to care.
The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first against the Reds, and then proceeded to get waxed by a team that had lost 7 of its last 11. The $6 million starter who was traded for three prospects came off the disabled list to allow four earned runs in four innings. The $10 million wide receiver/bad reliever allowed three runs in two innings. The heart of the Cubs’ order went 2-for-9 and left six runners on base.
No, wait, that’s a misnomer. The Cubs don’t have a heart of the order. The Cubs don’t have a heart, period.
That’s what it looks like from here. I mean, this is the second time these players have been ripped for playing horrible baseball, and this is the second time they have rolled over and died on the field the next day. Can’t get much more gutless than that.
For what it’s worth, both shameful responses came in Cincinnati. After the Cubs dumped a 7-4 game to the Reds, manager Mike Quade called a team meeting and charred his players. The next day, his players clowned the new version of Bruce Kimm in a 7-5 loss.
Three weeks later, the Cubs players were called out, but instead of showing pride or refuting the insults by taking action on the field, they validated the criticism. Zambrano went off, and his teammates went into a coma.
Please rise for a moment of silence to mark the passing of the Cubs’ self-respect.
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