8/15 Is Z retiring or isn’t he? Only he knows
In an interview Monday with Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Carlos Zambrano said he does not want to retire.
“Of course, man, hey, the Cubs have been to me like family,” Zambrano said in the interview. “The organization is my family. I’ve seen people go and come and I’m still there. I want to keep pitching for the Cubs. It was a moment of frustration Friday night, and I pitched so bad I wanted to retire, you know, I don’t want to be making $18 million and pitch like [that].”
Zambrano also said he did not intend to hit the Braves’ Chipper Jones with a pitch. He was ejected from Friday’s game after he hit Jones.
“Why would I be hitting Chipper that night?” Zambrano said. “Chipper is the main guy on the Braves, and I threw some curves inside because I wanted to get them to extend their arms because they were too comfortable. I have to pitch inside, and the pitch was cut. If I wanted to hit someone, I hit him. I think I have good target when I want to hit someone. And [Jim] Edmonds can talk about that.”
Zambrano was placed on the disqualified list on Saturday. He came out of Friday’s game against the Braves, and told Cubs staff he was retiring, then cleaned out his locker and left Turner Field.
— Carrie Muskat