6/6 Brenly: “Another dead [bleep] team”
Cubs television analyst Bob Brenly said Carlos Zambrano’s rant after Sunday’s game was overdue.
“Big Z is just expressing what a lot of fans feel, what a lot of us broadcasters feel, and, as usual, doesn’t always choose his words properly, doesn’t always choose his forum properly, but I applaud the emotions,” Brenly said in an interview on WSCR 670-AM on Monday. “This has been, once again, another dead-[bleep] team. You’ve got some guys that look like they’re just playing out the string, and we’re only in the first [week] of June here, and we know from past experience that Carlos is not one of those guys who can sit idly by and keep his mouth shut and just let things continue to spiral downward. He’s going to express his opinion, he’s going to be emotional about it when he does it.
“”I don’t view this as a suspendable offense or anything like that,” Brenly said. “I just think it’s a guy who is frustrated with the way the season has gone, he’s frustrated with the way his teammates have approached their daily business. … I’m sure there are times when Carlos is just as guilty as anybody on that roster.
“For me, it’s time,” he said. “It’s about time that somebody stood up and said, ‘Enough is enough. I’m tired of watching this.'”
However, Brenly said Zambrano’s comments at Carlos Marmol should’ve been kept between the two, saying “it’s not right to throw your teammate under a bus and divert attention away from the other shortcomings of this ballclub.” Brenly applauded Zambrano for trying to light a fire under the team.
“For God’s sake, this team just cannot continue to spiral the way it has been,” he said.
— Carrie Muskat