During an interview with ESPN’s Pedro Gomez on Monday, Carlos Zambrano apologized to Cubs fans for the June 29 tantrum that landed him on the restricted list.
“It was a moment of frustration,” Zambrano said Monday in an interview
with ESPN. “I was trying to fire up the team. Lee told me to shut up,
and I got more excited. I apologize from the bottom of my heart. The
last person I would be mad at is D. Lee; he’s a Gold Glover. I was just
mad at myself.”
And that’s all well and good, aside from the fact that just last week, Cubs manager Lou Piniella said he wanted Zambrano to apologize to his teammates before speaking to the media. Here’s a flashback:
“I think it’s more important for him to clear that hurdle first,”
Piniella said of the apology. “And once he does that, then talk to the
media. I think that’s the right approach from him…We’re just going to
let him talk to the team, whatever he wants to say. Whenever he gets
here, we’ll have a little meeting and let Carlos say what he needs to
Zambrano has already apologized to Derrek Lee personally, but according to Gomez’s report, he won’t do so with the rest of his teammates until he re-joins the team in Colorado on Friday.
For what it’s worth, Piniella had little to say about the ESPN interview when asked by Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune on Monday:
“I don’t have any comment about that,” Piniella said about the
television interview, in which Zambrano appeared contrite. “I do know
what is needed — that’s for him to talk to his teammates when he gets
here over the weekend, assuming he gets here over the weekend. He needs
to get that handled and he’ll be accepted back by his manager and his
I’m not a Cubs fan or anything, but even if Big Z’s remorse is legitimate, his priorities appear to be in the wrong place.