What came first, the chicken or the egg? What came first, player problems or hiring manager, Lou Piniella? The latest in a long line of zany Cubs' events occurred today when Carlos Zambrano seemed to go off his John Rocker after giving up some first inning runs. To see his tantrum close up, click here.
First of all, Piniella did the right thing in getting Zambrano out of there. The manager immediately removed the big pitcher from the dugout and sent him home. The pitcher was later suspended. For this particular situation, the manager handled the situation perfectly. But why do these things keep happening to the Cubs?
Stories have surfaced that there are lines drawn behind the scenes among Cubs' personnel. Apparently the divide seems to lie with Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Zambrano versus the rest of the team. Carlos Lee seems squarely apposed to the pitcher. Whose fault is all this? Is it possible to say not being privvy to the inner workings of the players' world.
Something has to give for the Cubs. Either the new owners clean house of Hendry, Piniella and the staff or Hendry takes a package...any package...to get Zambrano out of town.
What a mess.