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Source: Soriano confronted Zambrano

Posted on: August 13, 2011 3:17 pm
Alfonso SorianoBy C. Trent Rosecrans

After Carlos Zambrano was ejected from Friday's game, Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano went into the team's clubhouse and "went off" on Zambrano, a source told

Zambrano was very quiet and didn't really say much after being ejected. Then, as soon as Soriano stopped yelling at him in Spanish, Zambrano packed his bag, took the nameplate from his locker and left, the source said.

Soriano, like Zambrano, is signed to a big-money, long-term deal by the Cubs. However, he's been criticized for not showing emotions at time, in stark contrast to Zambrano who has often let his emotions get the best of him. Soriano is known to be easy-going and generally well-liked. The fact that it was Soriano that had a problem with Zambrano showed just how fed up Zambrano's teammates are with the pitcher.

Following Friday's game, manager Mike Quade told reporters he hadn't talked to Zambrano, but didn't sound too worried about the pitcher's next step.

"I have too much respect for the rest of the guys in this room to worry," Quade said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Aramis Ramirez told the Tribune that he'd never seen anything like what Zambrano did, while Marlon Byrd told the paper he hadn't talked to Zambrano but was planning on calling him. 

"If he doesn't show up [Saturday], we might not see him again," Byrd told the Tribune.

Players usually start showing up four hours or so before the game and the press is allowed in three-and-a-half hours before the game, so expect to hear more soon.

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Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: August 13, 2011 9:05 pm

Source: Soriano confronted Zambrano

I think I'll have get the Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune tom.   I hope they have a few columns devoted to all his antics, I hope this story doesn't go away, otherwise they'll probably try to keep him around next year after some more "anger management".   
Soriano was only yelling at him because they carpooled and the rest of his oversized bats were still in the trunk.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 7:09 pm
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Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 6:59 pm

Source: Soriano confronted Zambrano

Zambrano is who most baseball fans thought that he was,a slightly above average SP who is prone to going off positively or negatively in any given start.
If Zambrano ever got his head right and was focused and motivated he would be as good as any SP going and even some staff aces,get it together Zambrano,it's getting late. 

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 6:52 pm

Source: Soriano confronted Zambrano

Some guys just don't get it, and never will.  Carlos Zambrano is just one of those players.  The only thing that surprises me is it took this long for somebody to confront him player wise.  I remember Derrek Lee verbally going at it with Zambrano a few years back, but thats about it.  Alfonso Soriano??? Would have been one of the last guys I would expect to do it.  Credit to him, surprised he hit the snooze alarm long enough to do it.  

Zambrano needs his butt kicked.  The problem is the guy is just crazy enough to try to kill you sometime later down the line.  Basically, seems like the dude is bat-shit crazy, and this is why you want to be very, very careful when you sign pitchers to massive long term deals.  Sometimes the only thing worse than a pitcher blowing out an elbow, totally losing their mind.  I would not take him back, in fact, I would be looking to find a way to get out of the rest of his deal, not going to happen but I sure would try.  Guy needs help, like psychological help, and by god, he needs to get the hell out of Chicago... 

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 6:49 pm

Source: Soriano confronted Zambrano

I'm no doctor, but I really think Zambrano is bipolar and needs meds. It might not save his baseball career (what's left of it) but at least he'd be able to function in society better than he has to date.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2011 6:45 pm

Source: Soriano confronted Zambrano

Zambrano can't pitch anymore.  If anyone thinks the Yankees want this piece of garbage, I am sure they are mistaken.  ERA's generally are a 0.50 runs less in the NL.  Big Z will get lit up like a Christmas tree in the AL East.

Since: May 24, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2011 6:39 pm

Source: Soriano confronted Zambrano

As a Yankee fan, I can promise you we don't want this nut case. And not just because he is a nut case. He's lost his skills.

Since: May 27, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2011 6:39 pm

Source: Soriano confronted Zambrano

In the tradition of Jack McDowell, Kevin Brown, Randy Johnson and A-Rod, the Yankees will gladly add Big Z to the $230 million payroll next season. Going back to Reggie Jackson, the Bombers have always collected jerks.

Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2011 6:16 pm

Source: Soriano confronted Zambrano

I'm not a Cubs fan but they definitely deserve better than that. What zambrano did was beyond classless, it was a real B**ch move!!!! I just wish more Cubbies would've got in his a**!! I still can't believe that clown had the balls to smile in the dugout after he got tossed. Did anyone else notice the cameraman shaking his head after zambrano stopped laughing and left the dugout? Bet that cameraman was saying what everyone else was saying: what a d**chebag!!! I hope the cubs go on a big winning streak now.

Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 6:14 pm

Source: Soriano confronted Zambrano

Three strikes and you're out Big Z. Trade this nut to the NYY this winter. They like self absorbed douchebags like a-rod there so he would fit in perfectly in that locker room.

Whoever ran that anger management class he attended last wasn't Jack Nicholson that's for sure Wink His career ends badly like Jack's character in One Flew over the Cuckoo Nest unless he gets helps again and or gets on meds.

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