9/15 Big Z talks retirement – again
For the second time in as many years, Carlos Zambrano said he plans on retiring at the end of his current contract. Zambrano said the same thing after winning his 100th game June 5, 2009, in Cincinnati, and repeated that message on Wednesday after the Cubs beat the Cardinals, 7-3.
“I want to enjoy this game for the next three years of this contract,” Zambrano said. “Like I’ve said before, I don’t think I will be playing any more after these three years. I will enjoy every moment, every single situation in the big leagues for the next three years. A friend of mine told me, ‘Any time you’re batting, you look excited, you look happy’ than when I’m pitching. I want to mix it up, I want 50-50. When I’m pitching, I want the same joy, the same motivation as when I’m pitching.”
Why is he talking about retirement?
“I told you this will be my last contract,” Zambrano said. “I don’t think I will be playing any more. Life is short. Sometimes you miss things with your family and very important people like my daughter. Sometimes you miss things in life because of baseball that you shouldn’t miss. I want to be there for my daughter when anything happens. Baseball takes a lot of time from us, so I think, depending on what happens in my career, this will be the [last] contract.”
— Carrie Muskat