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After an awful first inning, in which he gave up 4 earned runs, Carlos Zambrano completely lost his mind. The ensuing dugout tirade, which seemed aimed in large part at Derrek Lee, resulted in Lou Piniella sending Carlos home for the day, and Jim Hendry suspending him indefinitely ("we'll play with 24") pending MLB and Players' Union investigations.
More - including some interesting history - after this photo gallery from Friday's first inning
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Do you remember that during last year's BP-Cup-Less Crosstown Classic, another short tempered Cubs player was sent home early?
Just a year ago
Lou sent Milton Bradley home
From the Cubs-Sox game
It was Friday, June 26, 2009 when Milton Bradley attacked a Comiskey Park Gatorade machine and was sent home early by Lou Piniella. What is it about The Cell in June that drives Cubs head cases to the brink?
Will this episode
End like Bradley's did last year?
This Cubs fan hopes not.
They should suspend him
There should be consequences
For such behavior
But don't pack his bags
Zambrano is not Bradley
He blames the right guys
There are Tweeters and bloggers on all sides of this issue. Many are saying "good riddance" others are calling Zambrano an "embarrassment". I come down a bit in the middle. While I like the emotions, and welcome almost anything that will get this team motivated, I do believe this tirade crossed the line. Let Zambrano sit for a couple of starts, it's not like those missed starts are going to make any meaningful difference in the chances the Cubs will be playing baseball after October 3rd.
A lifelong Cubs fan and Jewish father of 3 daughters, Ed blogs about (mostly) Jewish issues at Not For Jews Only and (mostly) about sports at The Cubs In Haiku. You can also find his haiku about the weekly Torah portion at The Torah In Haiku, which is not part of the ChicagoNow network. Contact Ed by email - ed(at)thecubsinhaiku(dot)(com)