CHICAGO–Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano issued an ultimatum this week, saying that he will leave unless the Cubs sign him before the 2007 season.
During the interview, Zambrano referred to himself in two different ways in the third person, accidentally creating two new entities. “Whatever happens, I don’t want to know [anything] about a contract during the season. I want to sign with the Cubs before the season starts,” Zambrano said in the interview. “If they don’t sign me, sorry, but I must go. That’s what Carlos Zambrano thinks,” Zambrano said, looking over his shoulder at a smiling Carlos Zambrano, who nodded approvingly.
“[Cubs general manager] Jim [Hendry] spent a lot of money. I hope he has more for ‘Big Z,'” Zambrano added, as “Big Z” pantomimed a throat-cutting motion to Zambrano.
Pictured (left to right): Carlos Zambrano, Carlos Zambrano (with “R”s properly rolled), and Big Z
Hendry feels that the Cubs will get the deal with Zambrano done, but is not sure whether there will be similar deals for “Carlos Zambrano” and “Big Z.” “We’ll see what we can get done,” Hendry said. “We could certainly use a legitimate number 2 and number 3 starter, and if these two guys can pitch like Zambrano, we’d love to have them.”