While I agree with what Zambrano said, I’m wondering if there is any Filter Day in the anger management course he took last year. He’s been great for two months of the season, but it seems as if the frustration of April and May has already got to Zambrano and he is starting to lose it. His outburst, directed at Marmol about his pitch selection to Theriot against the Cardinals and the overall play of the team has caused some waves. I would imagine a viewing of Hangover Part II might not be all it takes for this team to get back on track. Sure, Carlos loses it sometimes. Sure, you need to understand it’s just Carlos being Carlos. Sure, he was right.
Zambrano is correct. This team needs to play better and he has been a victim. Aside from his team’s overall record, his individual record has been affected by the lack of ability of the bullpen to close out games (specifically Marmol). Thing is, you can’t just fly off the handle. I mean, you can…but it’s probably not going to be as effective as you hope it to be.
Carlos, thing is, you need to figure out the fact that you can’t just say anything. More often than not, it’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it. I hope his apology is effective with the team, I really do. In case it isn’t or it happens again, I’d like to suggest the Lloyd Dobler approach. Perhaps the next apology Carlos makes could look a little like this:
And sound a little like this:
Suggested tunes to blast on his boom box:
“I’m Sorry” – Patsy Cline
“If You Don’t Know Me By Now” – Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
“Bad” – Michael Jackson
“Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” – Elton John
“Oops, I Did It Again” – Britney Spears
“Apology Song” – The Decemberists
“Hard to Say I’m Sorry” – Chicago
Any other suggestions to give Carlos? Feel free to pass them along.
Go Cubs Go!