You gotta take the things players say in the final week of disappointing seasons with a grain of salt, but what Carlos Zambrano is saying is interesting:
“It’s been a disappointing season. People say, ‘Why can’t
you pitch like that all the time?’ It’s not all the time I feel like
that. Look, this is the only season I haven’t won 16 or 18 or 14 games. If it happens again next season, two seasons in a row, I’ll
quit. Believe me, I’ll quit. I just have to put this behind me.”
The “pitching like that” comment was in reference to his shutout of the Giants on Friday night. No, you can’t expect anyone to do that “all the time,” but I have this feeling that Zambrano could approach that more often if he’d get himself in better shape (and Zambrano admitted earlier this season that he was out of shape). It was probably a nice cool 67 degrees in San Francisco on Friday and Zambrano probably felt pretty good. He’d feel more like that in hotter temperatures if he’d lose some weight and hit the treadmill a bit more.
Either way, I hope he doesn’t retire any time soon. Crazy or not, ineffective in 2009 or not, he’s one of my favorite pitchers for some reason.
Rick Morissey of the Chicago Sun-Times published an article on Sunday giving a bit of insight into Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. When Epsten was younger, he dabbled in sportswriting, but quickly realized the trade wasn’t for him.
As Morissey details, when Epstein was 19 years old writing for Yale’s student newspaper, he wrote an article suggesting the school’s football coach should be fired during what would become a 3-7 season. Epstein was told during the meeting that one writer would defend the coach and one would call for his job. “It was a lesson in the way that the world of journalism sometimes works. It was an eye-opener for me. I regret it, and I’ve happily moved on.”
Epstein continued, “I realized I didn’t want to be a sportswriter when I was interning with the Orioles back in ’92, ’93, ’94. I did do a lot of media-relations stuff, and I saw that the life of a sportswriter is pretty lonely. You kind of work by yourself, sit there by yourself in the press box, go back to the hotel bar. Not to generalize.” He added, “But I really respect writing and respect sportswriters.”
He’s not wrong, and he seems to have found his calling as a front office executive. His Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since 1945.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis tweeted on Sunday, “Got a little too close to [Francisco Lindor] during the celebration!! Freak accident but should be good to go by Tuesday! #cantkeepmeoutofthisgame!”
Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, manager Terry Francona said Kipnis is dealing with a low ankle sprain, but he’s expected to be ready to go when the World Series begins on Tuesday. Kipnis went through fielding drills on Sunday.
Kipnis is hitting .167/.219/.367 with a pair of homers and four RBI in eight games this postseason.