Brenly: Cubs Are A ‘Dead-Ass Team’

CHICAGO (WSCR) After being swept by their rivals, things went from bad to worse for the Chicago Cubs when starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano called the team’s performance this season “embarrassing.”

While this isn’t the first outburst from Zambrano in his Cubs career, it might be the first most people agree with what he said.

“Well once again, I applaud ‘Z’ for his emotional involvement in this team,” Cubs TV analyst Bob Brenly said on the Danny Mac Show. “Now, last year’s situation came off as being very selfish, once I learned all the facts and what was being said in the dugout at the time. But I come back to the fact that I think ‘Big Z’ is just expressing what a lot of fans feel, probably what a lot of us broadcasters feel. And, as usual, he doesn’t always choose his words properly, he doesn’t always choose his forum properly, but I applaud the emotions.”

Last season, Zambrano and first baseman Derrek Lee got into a dugout altercation after Lee was unable to field a ball that Zambrano felt he should have got to.

But Zambrano’s comments after Sunday’s loss point to a very frustrating trend for the Cubs, it’s a trend that didn’t just pop up over the weekend.

“This has been, once again, another dead-ass team,” Brenly said. “You’ve got some guys that look like they’re just playing out the string, and we’re only in the first [part] of June here. And we know from past experience that Carlos is not one of those guys that can sit by idly and keep his mouth shut and just let things continue to spiral downward. He’s going to express his opinions. He’s going to be emotional about it when he does it.”

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Unlike Brenly, there are some who feel that becuase Zambrano has continually put the Cubs in positions like this, that something has to be done.

“I don’t view this as a suspendable offense or anything like that,” Brenly said. “I just think it’s a guy who’s frustrated with the way the season has gone. He’s frustrated with the way his teammates have approached their daily business. I’m sure that there have been times that Carlos is just as guilty of it as anybody on that roster, but for me, it’s time. It’s about time somebody stood up and said: ‘Enough is enough. I’m tired of watching this.'”

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  • Larry Horse's Arse

    With all the Quade vs. Ryno debate, seems to me that the Cubbies should have hired JohnnyCakes.


      That would have been cheaper than picking up Garza and Pena.

      The craziest thing in all of this, is that the team has a good batting average.

    • Murphs Upper-Lip

      Couldn’t agree more. Seems everyone’s talking about Q or Sandburg, but I thought all along that Brenly would have been the best road to success.


    Dan mentioned last week that the league doesn’t allow managers to fine their players (or a limit exists):

    Break a bat over your leg? One grand (or, a mile sprint along the warning track).

    The no-trade clauses, injuries, and salaries make for some tough changes. There aren’t many threats beyond the fine. You can bench someone, but you have to go to the bench to fill that spot. Can Reid Johnson go 4 innings on the mound?
    I’d also look at what this team does coming out of Mesa. NOTHING!
    At this point, I’d consider trying a season in Vero Beach.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      Excellent points.

      I especially like the Vero change-up plan, but they likely have some legal restrictions now because of all the $ spent by Mesa. I wish we still had Chris in Scottsdale to weigh-in.

      Also, I would guess that the cba limits fines by the manager…perhaps that was the reference Dan made (don’t know, I didn’t hear that on the podcast).

      • SPAULDING!

        It’s probably a $ limit. Which would mean, you could only fine so much each time or you’ll have to stop fining.
        And, I also miss Rooftop Bum. That’s been awhile, though.



  • dutch

    I heard Carlos’ remarks over and over from last night to today. His voice sounds amazingly like Ozzie Guillen.

    • Murphs Upper-Lip

      Agreed. When hearing it for the first time, I wasn’t really paying attention too closely, and assumed that I was hearing another Guillen sound bite. Then noticed it was Z. Eerily similar.

  • al kraatz

    CUBS SUCK! They’ve sucked for years and will continue to suck as long as 2 – 3 million people each year keep shelling out big bucks to watch these clowns try to play baseball. No need to win – the money rolls in anyway!

  • Tom

    CUBS SUCK! CUBS SUCK! CUBS SUCK! , Sincerely, H. Carey, from the Great Beyond.

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