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Report: Zambrano asked Silva to blow up

Posted on: June 30, 2010 1:33 am
Edited on: June 30, 2010 1:35 am
Carlos Zambrano Could Carlos Zambrano's explosion on Friday have been part of a master plan?

Kevin Millar, currently an analyst on the MLB Network, says that Zambrano told him on the phone that the original plan had been for fellow pitcher Carlos Silva to blow up in the dugout in an attempt to spark the team.

"He told me a week before that he wanted to get Carlos Silva to do something to the team because he's doing well and Carlos Zambrano said that he knew that he wasn't the right guy to do this at this time because of his struggles," Millar said on MLB Tonight according to the Chicago Tribune . "I said: 'You can't say the team's playing like girls. … You can't say that this whole team that's not clicking for some reason' or 'We're not playing hard' because he's a big part of that problem."

Unfortunately, Z didn't heed his advice and did just that Friday, calling out some of his teammates and using derogatory terms.

Silva couldn't recall any conversation with Zambrano but did say that the volatile right-hander asked Silva "to get mad once." That occurred a few weeks ago when the Cubs had just lost to Houston and had to travel to Pittsburgh for a makeup game. But that never sounded palatable to Silva.

"I would never do anything like that to embarrass the team," he said.

Zambrano is currently being evaluated by doctors to determine the next step in addressing Zambrano's issues.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2010 1:01 am

Report: Zambrano asked Silva to blow up

Hey Big Z!  I got an idea how you can motivate the team.  Why don't you stop watching what everyone else is doing and focus on your own problems.  Maybe the lack of motivation is caused by the team's ace pitcher having a terrible season.  It's real easy to blame every one else for the team's problems.  I think it would be inspiring for Z to come out and say "I'm having a terrible season, and I am rededicating myself to be the best I can be in the second half of the season."  Then go and play your heart out, and when another player makes a good play, be the first to shake his hand, and when someone goofs, pat him on the back and let him know you're behind him.  Good or bad, Z should be a team leader, not a saboteur.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2010 12:21 am

Report: Zambrano asked Silva to blow up

I watched the post game conference today and Lou looks like he has given up and has no idea how to fix this.  
True Z is not the entire problem, but he is a damn big part of it.  $18mil is supposed to get you a Carpenter, Halladay, or King Felix, an ace that should lead the staff by example.  Instead, and alot of people saw it coming, we have a ticking time bomb with a 5+ era. 
I truly hope the team loses 100+ this year as it hopefully will force the Ricketts to get rid of Hendry and bring someone in who might have a clue how to run a major league franchise.   Getting rid of Lou will not solve the problem.  The Cubs need to get rid of the guy who hired Lou and signed most of the players on the joke of a $140mil payroll.  

Since: Aug 18, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2010 5:08 pm

Report: Zambrano asked Silva to blow up

The Cubs are a joke.  They just lost another series (every series in June) to the Pirates in which they scored a total of 4 runs!  This is against the Pirates (who own the Cubs this year) who hadn't won a road game in a month!

Z is not the problem...big ocntracts aside, what the hell is Pinella doing?  Come on Ricketts, if you are really a fan, step in and do something before they lose 100 games this year!

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2010 4:07 pm

Report: Zambrano asked Silva to blow up

Somebody has to do something!

Just shows there is no leadership on the team.

No one else felt comfortable because they are all playing terrible. Most teams will have at least one guy doing well & he'll speek up.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2010 12:13 pm

Report: Zambrano asked Silva to blow up

He's not the pitcher he used to be and might never be a legit ace, but I like that he got in lee's face and called out these loosers. Lou seems to drunk and unshaven to grab someone and give them the business so I like that carlos tried to.  Lee has been playing with his head up his ass in the field for three weeks and hasnt hit all year. Good For Z! But of course he had to over do it becuase he's certifiably insane.

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2010 8:05 am

Report: Zambrano asked Silva to blow up

unless biz picks his own ass up he should ride that pine sonny boy

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