There’s No Crying In Baseball

Look, someone had to use the line and I figured it might as well be me. The story came out today from Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano that he and Michael Barrett shared some tears together when they reconciled after their dugout fight last week. If you missed the squabble, don’t worry about it. All you need to know is that it was your classic dugout push and shove that apparently continued in the club house afterward. What I’m more preoccupied with is Zambrano’s comments.

Come on, dude. “Shared tears?” Are you serious? And even if you are, are you sure that’s what you want to be telling everyone else? I mean, we’re talking about crying here.

There honestly seems to be something fishy about Zambrano’s remarks, mostly because it doesn’t seem to be in a player’s best egotistical interest to admit to getting a misty-eyed with a teammate after a beef. It took me all but 5 minutes to suddenly remember a key element to this story: Zambrano is in a contract year.

You have to admit, this is the last thing that Zambrano needs when he’s trying to make a case for the big money. To be honest, Zambrano has been straight lousy this season. His 6-5, 5.38 ERA is definitely not helping in his bid to become a 100 million dollar pitcher. Add to that a stigma that he’s a bad teammate and that’s how you end up pitching for the Texas Rangers or accepting a underwhelming extension. No wonder why Zambrano told the media that they shared some tears; it’s the best damage control that money can’t buy.

Honestly, I think this might be the turn around for Zambrano and the Cubs all together. In Zambrano’s last start, he threw 6 and 2/3 innings, struck out 9 and notched the win. After today, they’ll be riding a modest 3 game winning streak and an amazing performance by Alfonso Soriano who hit 3 homers after 4 innings of play. Look out, because they might make this pitiful NL Central a tad bit entertaining. And who knows, the entertainment might stem from something other than this daytime circus that I’ve come to affectionately call the Wrigley Brothers.
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