7/27 Zambrano eager to apologize
Carlos Zambrano said Tuesday he can’t wait to see his Cubs teammates to apologize in person, something he would have done sooner if allowed.
“I know I made a mistake,” Zambrano told MLB.com. “I’m a person and a human, and I know when I make a mistake. I have to come to the team and apologize.
“I’m not going to [apologize] because [the Cubs] said I have to do it,” he said. “I’m going to do it from my heart. I want to be clear and at peace with my teammates.”
Zambrano spoke before traveling to Albuquerque with the Triple-A Iowa team. Currently on the restricted list, he was expected to pitch Tuesday or Wednesday, and then be activated Friday when the Cubs begin a three-game series in Denver against the Rockies. He has made two appearances with the Iowa Cubs so far.
He did an interview with ESPN on Monday but said he was motivated to do that in an attempt to clear up some misunderstandings. The Iowa Cubs had announced Zambrano would talk last week when he reported to the team but he didn’t. He also did not talk to the media after his outing in Des Moines and said Tuesday he was told not to speak to reporters by the Cubs front office.
“I saw a little bit of [the ESPN interview],” Lou Piniella said Monday of Zambrano’s comments. “I’m sure he’s contrite and I’m sure he’s looking forward to coming back but the important thing remains that he talk to his teammates.”
Zambrano said Tuesday he wanted to apologize to his teammates immediately after the incident happened June 25 at U.S. Cellular Field but was told by the Cubs to stay away. However, all sides agreed at that time that Zambrano needed to undergo treatment before meeting with the players.
“I don’t like to lie,” Zambrano said Tuesday. “I wanted to do this way before this time. I wanted to come to the clubhouse and apologize and talk to my teammates.”
He’ll get his chance on Friday.
— Carrie Muskat