When Carlos Zambrano got ejected, the video of Zambrano’s post-ejection tirade instantly made the ESPN and YouTube rounds. Carlos Zambrano obviously had some unpleasant things to say to the umpire, after a controversial safe call at home plate. But Zambrano getting ejected was just the start of the video, as Carlos Zambrano gave an ejection of his own to the umpire. The result will likely cost Carlos Zambrano some games and money after getting ejected like that, and make him the butt of some jokes for a few days.
Before Zambrano got ejected, he was trying to nail down a Cubs win over the Pirates in the seventh inning. With the Cubs up 2-1 and trying to stop the Pirates from tying it up, Zambrano’s wild pitch meant he had to block home plate as the Pirates’ Nyjer Morgan was coming home.
The call was close, but the umpire ruled safe to tie the game. Before anyone could analyze for themselves if the call was blown, Carlos Zambrano went off with his own opinion. The ump quickly ejected Zambrano – before Zambrano himself seemed to make a citizen’s ejection of his own.
The video of Zambrano’s wild, post-ejection gestures instantly overshadowed the rest of the game. What’s more, video further caught Zambrano taking a bat to the Gatorade machine in the Cubs’ dugout, in lue of getting to the umpire.
The Cubs did finally pull out a 5-2 win, sparing Zambrano from getting a decision. Bt the damage was done for the Cubs’ ace once the video spread, as Zambrano continues to overtake manager Lou Pinella in temper tantrums these days.
Carlos Zambrano is the Cubs’ big ace, but he tends to let emotions run wild. However, they had never run wild like this, and to this kind of video-friendly extent.
Zambrano will likely be fined and get suspended, but suspensions mean absolutely nothing to a pitcher, since they only play every five days. Pinella may just have to alter his rotation a little bit in the next week to 10 days, if Zambrano is suspended for more than five games.
The Cubs didn’t really need this, as they have enough to worry about given their recent slump, and having to play early catch up to the Brewers and Cardinals in the NL Central. Though it is early, it is never too early for Cubs fans to worry, especially given how their red-hot regular season in 2008 ended horrifically in the playoffs.
As for Zambrano’s pitching, he still has a record of 3-2 with an ERA above 4.
YouTube- “Carlos Zambrano meltdown vs pirates” www.youtube.com/watch
Philadelphia Inquirer- “Working quickly” www.philly.com/inquirer/sports/20090528_High___Inside__NL_Notes.html