Things should be pretty good for the Chicago Cubs right now. They've got a 1.5 gave lead in the Central Division after all. But we're talking about the Cubs here, so they're not. Since signing a five year, $91.5 million contract August 17th, Carlos Zambrano has been slumping. He's 0-3 since then, surrendering 18 runs in just 16 innings. He's 0-5 with a 8.29 ERA in his last six starts. Monday was no better, as Zambrano gave up 8 runs in 4 1/3 innings. He was even booed off the field. But after the game, Zambrano roared back.
"I don't accept that the fans were booing at me," a seething Zambrano said afterward. "I can't understand that. You know, I thought these were the greatest fans in baseball. But they showed me today that they just care about them, and that's not fair, because when you're struggling, you want to feel the support of the fans.Carlos, did you forget that you have to play in Chicago for the next five years? Zambrano continued, and in the process may have opened up a big old can of worms.
"No, I don't accept it. I just pointed to my head, and I will remember that because I don't want any bad outings. I know the great moments of my career will come."
"[Fans] pay to see a good show," he said. "They pay to see a good pitcher. Right now, I'm not doing too well. I just call [out to] the fans, 'I want a little support.' That's all. When you're struggling, or you have a brother who's struggling, you show him love. You don't show him you want to kick him out. That's what I ask of the fans—a little support.Listen Carlos, it sucks to get booed. But when you get paid the big bucks, and you're the ace of the staff, big things are expected of you. So go out and apologize to the fans tomorrow. You were frustrated, overheated, whatever. And then do all Cub fans a favor by winning your next start. That will solve everything.
"And not only [for] me. I go out there and try to do my best, but not everybody is like Carlos Zambrano [and can] keep his head up and keep trying to do a good job. There are people on this team who are struggling and going down and down …
"When you're booing somebody, you're booing the 25 men on this ballclub, and that's not fair. That happened before to some of my teammates, and that's not right. I think we go out there to give Cubs fans a good show and to go to the playoffs, and that's what I want. No one wants to do a bad job. … Every single player in that clubhouse wants to do a great job for the city, believe me."