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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."

The Cubs put together the most powerful inning in franchise history

The Cubs put together the most powerful inning in franchise history

What a roller coaster.

After Jon Lester gave up nine runs in the top of the second inning, the Cubs stormed all the way back with the help of the most powerful inning in franchise history. But the comeback was to no avail as the Reds outlasted the Cubs in a 13-10 slugfest in front of 38,675 at Wrigley Field Thursday afternoon.

Ian Happ hit a solo homer in the second before the Cubs mashed four taters in the fourth inning, tying the franchise record for homers in an inning:

Back in 2008, it was Jim Edmonds, Mike Fontenot, Aramis Ramirez and Edmonds (again) homering in the fourth inning against the White Sox.

Thursday, it was Kris Bryant going yard first followed by Alex Avila, Happ and Javy Baez going back-to-back-to-back:

It was the first time the Cubs had hit three straight homers since Derrek Lee, Sammy Sosa and Michael Barrett turned the trick against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 15, 2004.

Kyle Schwarber later got in on the yabo parade with an opposite field shot of his own in the fifth inning:

Here's an entire montage of dingers and planes as the Chicago Air & Water Show prepares for the weekend:

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After Schwarber's homer, Anthony Rizzo doubled home Bryant and Avila doubled home Rizzo to tie the game at nine.

From there, the Reds scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh and added solo tallies against the Cubs bullpen in the eighth and ninth innings. The Cubs did not have another comeback left in them, though Joe Maddon was more than pleased with the effort from his players.

Maddon said when he went out to remove Lester from the game in the second inning, he told all the infielders he needed each one of them to hit a homer. The quartet combined for four homers, but Happ hit two and Rizzo hit none and the homers were "not transferrable" Maddon joked.

It's the first time the Cubs have lost with back-to-back-to-back homers since 1999 and also the first time they were defeated when hitting six homers since 1979:

Former Cubs manager Don Baylor has passed away

Former Cubs manager Don Baylor has passed away

Don Baylor has passed away at the age of 68. 

The former Cubs manager died early Monday morning after a battle with multiple myeloma.

Baylor skippered the Cubs from 2000-02, going 187-220 and getting fired during the middle of the '02 season (Dusty Baker took over the next year).

The 2002 Cubs disappointed after getting out to a 34-49 start under Baylor before finishing 67-95.

Baylor's 2001 team finished third in the National League Central, five games behind the St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros for the division and wild card spot. That was the year Jon Lieber won 20 games, leading a pitching staff that included 24-year-old Kerry Wood, Tom Gordon as the closer and Kyle Farnsworth, Jeff Fassero and Felix Heredia in the bullpen. 

Sammy Sosa hit 64 homers for Baylor's squad in 2001, finishing second in NL MVP voting behind Barry Bonds and his 73 jacks.

Prior to his time in Chicago, Baylor spent six seasons at the helm of the Colorado Rockies, becoming the first manager in the franchise's history. He went 440-469 with the Rockies, including a trip to the postseason in 1995 and an NL Manager of the Year award that same season.

Baylor also was a heck of a player, racking up 28.3 WAR over his career in 19 years as a designated hitter and outfielder. He won the AL MVP in 1979 with the California Angels, leading the league in games, runs scored (120) and RBI (139).

Over the course of his career, Baylor hit 338 homers and stole 285 bases to go along with a .260 average and .777 OPS.

Baylor was highly regarded around the league even after he retired: