6/26 Silva: "We stick together"
Carlos Silva said he got a different feel from the Cubs on Saturday.
“I felt like today this game was important, especially after what happened [Friday],” Silva said. “We wanted something good to happen and forget about everything.”
What happened Friday was Carlos Zambrano threw a fit in the dugout, upset after what he felt was poor defense. Silva and Zambrano are close, but Silva didn’t try to make excuses for his friend.
“As a pitcher, we make a lot of mistakes,” Silva said. “When we’re on the mound, we become a different person and sometimes we say stuff that we don’t want to say but he said it.
“Carlos is a very good friend of mine but this is my team, too,” Silva said. “If I’m going to have good success, a good year, I need my team. I need to give support to my team. That’s what I’m doing now. We’re a team and we stick together.”
Zambrano’s tirade was directed at everyone but first baseman Derrek Lee was the one who stepped up and defended his teammates and got into a shouting match with the pitcher.
“Derrek Lee is such a good guy — I respect that guy so much,” Silva said. “I don’t know what Carlos was trying to do yesterday, but I think it was the wrong time, the wrong guy and the wrong place, too. I don’t know what happened to him in the past but what happened yesterday was very hard for everybody.”
— Carrie Muskat