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Carlos Zambrano on his messy exit from Cubs: 'It was my fault'

Carlos Zambrano on his messy exit from Cubs: 'It was my fault'

Carlos Zambrano didn't leave the Cubs on the best of terms and apologized to make for a better relationship with the organization. He thinks Sammy Sosa should do the same.

Zambrano recalled his messy exit in an interview on Facebook Live with CSN's David Kaplan. He talked about what made him decide to make amends with the Cubs in the clip above. See the full interview below:

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"When I was traded it was not my best year with the Cubs," Zambrano recalled. "I say I don't think if I go to Chicago people will receive me as well. I think I will get booed. That was in my mind. I say the way I got out of Chicago wasn't the best way. Then people started calling me... My friends here were saying they love you here, you have to come back."

Zambrano said he "humbled" himself in his return to Chicago and threw out the first pitch for a Cubs game in May this season.

"I said, you know what, it was me," Zambrano said. "It was my fault the way I got off of the Cubs. It was my fault, not the Cubs' fault.

"I have to apologize because my last two years and the way I did it with the Cubs wasn't good."

Zambrano's situation is somewhat similar to Sosa's in terms of a rocky relationship with the organization post-playing career. The 36-year-old former pitcher thinks Sosa should do what Zambrano did.

"For me, I think Sammy has to come here," Zambrano said. "He's been here. I don't think people would boo him. Not in this age because the Cubs are winning. The Cubs won the World Series and everybody is happy here. Sammy was a big part of the Cubs for this town. Sammy did a lot of good things for the Cubs. He did more than I.

"He just needs to show up."

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Big Z on hitting bombs and what Cubs may see in NL West

In the latest the edition of the Cubs Talk Podcast, Jeff Nelson and Scott Changnon talk about the potential impact of Justin Wilson and Alex Avila on the Northside.

Later, Patrick Mooney sits down with Diamondbacks Pregame and Postgame host Mike Ferrin to discuss Arizona's "Plan" in search of a title.

Plus, a look back at the best of Carlos Zambrano on Cubs Postgame Live with David Kaplan and David DeJesus.

Check out the entire podcast here:

WATCH: Jon Lester hit his first career home run and Carlos Zambrano's reaction is awesome

WATCH: Jon Lester hit his first career home run and Carlos Zambrano's reaction is awesome

Jon Lester is having himself a night.

In Tuesday's Cubs-Diamondbacks game at Wrigley Field, Lester hit his first career home run. It was a two-run, opposite field shot, which put the Cubs up 8-1 in the bottom of the third inning.

Check it out in the video above.

On the Spanish broadcast on CSN Plus, Carlos Zambrano had an awesome reaction to the lefty's homer:

The 33-year-old pitcher also recorded career strikeout No. 2,000 on Tuesday.