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 decided they'd had enough of trying to beat Nationals slugger Daniel Murphy and instead decided to just add him to the roster. According to a few sources, the Cubs have reportedly acquired the 33-year-old 2nd baseman for the Nationals.
Murphy, who's been limited to just 56 games with the Nationals due to a right knee injury, is having another solid season for Washington slashing .300/.341/.442. The power hasn't quite returned yet with only 6 home runs, but Murphy has a history of mashing baseballs in Chicago - the memory of his historic 2015 postseason run still haunts Cubs fans today.
There's no official word yet on who the Cubs are sending back in the deal, but there were rumblings on Twitter about single-A infielder Andrew Monasterio's involvement in the deal. This also could mean Addison Russell may be joining fellow infielder Kris Bryant on the disabled list to make sure for Murphy, Russell's middle finger has kept him out of the lineup for a few days now.
Murphy joining the Cubs gives the team a reliable contact bat that has a proven track record for the postseason, but it could also be a sign that the Cubs may not be 100% healthy by the time the postseason starts. Murphy may very well be an insurance plan in case Kris Bryant can't return to the club in the near future.
Mike Montgomery was placed on the disabled list last week, so he's had a few off-days, but Monday's off-day has been circled on his calendar for a while now as the 29-year-old married his girlfriend Stephanie Duchaine.
Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery look stunning as on their wedding day but it's back to business on Tuesday as Montgomery is scheduled to throw a bullpen session before Tuesday's game with the Tigers.
The new Mrs. Montgomery has hosted shows on the Home Shopping Network, Amazon Prime promotional videos, and People Magazine. She is a graduate from the University of Michigan and seems to love baseball almost as much as her now-husband Montgomery.
The lefty starter is available to return from the disabled list this Saturday in time to face the Cincinnati Reds.