9:23 AM CST, December 15, 2011
Suspended lunatic Carlos Zambrano said he has been “climbing mountains, running on the beach and exercising hard so that I can arrive at spring training in optimal shape.’’
Now? Now he’s focusing on getting in shape? Why didn’t he think of that in any of the last three or four years?
Some people will read Zambrano’s comments as a commitment. Now he’s focused, they’ll think. Now he’s intense, they’ll believe. Now he wants it, and go, Cubs, go.
Make. Me. Laugh.
Wise up, people. Zambrano’s comments don’t reveal how committed he is to working his way back into the Cubs’ good graces as it shows how much he was cheating the team before.
And everybody knows it. Everybody with a brain, at least, which might include some former and unlucky future teammates.
Asked about Zambrano on Comcast SportsNet on Tuesday, Kerry Wood didn’t sound thrilled about the guy’s return to the Cubs clubhouse. He might as well have been asked about Sammy Sosa.
Wood said Zambrano had a lot of work to do to regain the faith of teammates, which hardly seemed an endorsement of the alleged culture change Theo Epstein talked about.
Frankly, I think Wood took something off his fastball. He should’ve said no, period. No way Zambrano should be let back into the clubhouse because there’s no reason to believe he’s a changed lunatic, while there is a long rap sheet of charges that speaks to the idiocy of Cubs management for letting it happen repeatedly.
Wood said the only time Zambrano gets crazy is the day he pitches. Yes. Well. Unfortunately, Zambrano’s job calls for pitching. So, yeah, that’s a problem.
Another problem might be getting Zambrano to understand that pitching is indeed his job. It seems that Zambrano’s claims of intense workouts reported by Lider en Deportes also came with news that he participated in the Venezuelan winter league’s home run derby.
Tell me, what good comes out of a guy with back problems competing in a home run derby?
I don’t care if he thinks he’s in the best shape of his career, Zambrano still ought to know better. He hurt himself doing something similar before, and it’s not what he does for a living.
That’s the kind of undisciplined stuff that makes you crazy. He has never followed rules. He shows little common sense. He does what he wants.
It makes you wonder how much Zambrano has learned the last few years.
It also makes you wonder how much the Cubs have learned.
Bad teammates make for a bad clubhouse. Connect the dots, New Geniuses.
Theo? Jed? Hel-LO, anyone home?
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