August 13, 2011

Zambrano Walks Out on Cubs

By - Kris Fletcher

Last night during the Chicago Cubs 10-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves, Carlos Zambrano allowed eight runs on eight hits, five of which were home runs. In the fifth inning, he was ejected for throwing two pitches inside to Chipper Jones.

However, all that seemed minor compared to what he did after leaving the field.

According to manager Mike Quade, Zambrano went to the locker room, got his stuff, and "walked out" on the team.

Photo by: John David Mercer
"I'm really disappointed," Quade said. "His locker is empty. He walked out on all of us. I don't know where he's gone or what he's doing. Apparently, he's talking about retiring, but I can't have a guy just walking out on his teammates."

When asked if Zambrano would be welcome back to the team, Quade said, "I don't know. All I know is, it was a bad night. But he had a real bad night after it was over. You don't just leave like that."

Zambrano has now dropped five straight games to the Braves, and is just 2-5 with a 6.08 earned run average in thirteen career starts against them.

If he actually does quit, he'd be doing Chicago a favor. They would no longer be on the hook for the $24 million owed to him for the remainder of this year and the entire 2012 campaign.

As a Cubs fan, I hope he really means it. The guys been more of a pain than anything else the last several seasons, so if he's gone, good riddance. At this point, I can't imagine how anyone on the roster could possibly want him back regardless.


  1. What he did is pretty much the equivalent of treason in the sports world. Cubs should release him even if they have to pay him the remainder of his salary just for the sake of getting the cancer out of their locker room.

  2. Zambrano's always been an ass. Hope he STAYS GONE.

  3. I don't think he's really going to retire. He'd be a fool to walk away from all that cash.

  4. Biz Z needs therapy I think. He's not all there.

  5. I don't really think he's gonna stay gone, and I totally agree w/ the therapy part. Guys got a few screws loose