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Guillen/Zambrano dinner stirs reactions

Posted on: June 26, 2010 6:57 pm
Hours after being suspended by the Cubs, Carlos Zambrano was out enjoying dinner with Ozzie Guillen, the manager of the White Sox, whom the Cubs were playing when Zambrano lost his cool.

That didn't sit well with Cubs assistant general manager Randy Bush.

"I would've thought that with the events of yesterday that Carlos would've went home and spent some time reflecting on what happened, thought about his career and his teammates and maybe where he was at and what had happened," Bush told reporters Saturday. "I'm disappointed to hear he was out yukking it up at dinner."

Manager Lou Piniella agreed.

"I would've hoped he'd stayed in private and reflected on this, but that's just my thought," Piniella said.

Even under ordinary circumstances, a manager socializing with a player from an opposing team during a series would be considered bad form. But White Sox GM Ken Williams said in a radio interview that he didn't have a problem with it in this case.

"In an ordinary situation, yes, I might feel compelled to pick up the phone and call the opposing general manager," Williams said, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. "But [Cubs GM Jim Hendry] is very well aware of the relationship that those two gentlemen have, and I think is also aware of the positive influence that Ozzie can have on his friend. It's not about baseball, it's about his friend."

The Tribune also reports that the Cubs held a 10-minute team meeting before Saturday's game. Piniella said that if Zambrano's suspension is lifted, he would go to the bullpen. Tom Gorzelanny will take his spot in the rotation.

The Cubs are playing with a 24-man roster with Zambrano suspended. The team sent a letter to Major League Baseball inquiring about how long they could suspend the pitcher and what happens with the roster.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Jun 27, 2010
Posted on: June 27, 2010 8:54 am

Guillen/Zambrano dinner stirs reactions

This report neglects to mention that the dinner was planned (and reported on) before Z's blow up.  If Cubs management didn't want it to happen, maybe they should have reached out to him rather than ignore it and pretend to be surprised...

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2010 6:51 am

Guillen/Zambrano dinner stirs reactions

For what it's worth, Ozzie may be doing the Cubs a favor. Sometimes it takes one hothead to cool another hothead down. As a friend, someone outside of the Cubs organization may be able to screw Zambrano's head back on straight and, at least, get him to finish the season.

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2010 8:04 pm

Guillen/Zambrano dinner stirs reactions

With the CUBS clearly out of the baseball picture and playoffs. Just give Carlos to the SOX. Ozzie and Carlos are 2 time bombs ready to fire. Zambrano is not work the time or the money. I still cannot believe we did not trade him after last season. Now, heads will roll from top to bottom. This is only the beginning.The most boring teams in baseball is CUBS and Astros in the worst division. Long season ahead.

Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2010 7:26 pm

Guillen/Zambrano dinner stirs reactions

Perhaps Ozzie as a friend and not a manager as posted,  of the cities opposing team is talking with him in this instance perhaps doesn't look good but looks are one thing...Carlos needed a friend to talk to and since he can't talk with no one in the Cubbies organization he went ( for all we know Ozzie called him) to get out his frustration verbally and calmly....)Cool

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