And now, for something completely different
Kurt, we've spent eight years with the guy who curses us all in Spanish.
He's stuck it up Lassie Edmond's giggy. He fed Bunny-Foo-Foo Barrett his teeth. He's told more than one ump that NO, he's not gone, THEY are the ones that should be gone. He's probably going to set the all-time record for homeruns by pitchers who did not change their name to "Babe" and gave up pitching. He won last night's game pretty much by himself, with his bat, arm, AND glove. He is easily the most entertaining Cub I have ever seen, and he is the guy that they based the "Most Interesting Man in the World" commercial campaign after.
And whether or not it is his fault or not, the Cubs did not progress past the NLCS in 2003, past the Central Division in 2004, 5 &6, and past the NLDS in 2007 and 8. He gets injured doing things like trying to catch line drives with his bare hands, and beating out drag bunts. He gets suspended on pretty much an annual basis for his disagreements with umpires, which does not do his manager any favors in terms of roster maintenance, not to mention his teammates, the next time they are held in judgment on a close pitch or tag.
I do not in any way shape or form want to get rid of Carlos Zambrano. He is a friggin' beast, and I have reminded you of that fact hundreds of times. Last night, he was again a friggin' beast. And if there was a guarantee that he would comport himself for the rest of his careet as he did last night, I would state publicly that Zambrano is a Staff Ace.
But he won't, and I can't, and if it is not possible for us to keep both him and a Jake Peavy/Roy Oswalt/Roy Halliday-esque figure, I will go with the latter, because you can count on them to NOT get suspended, get injured doing something stupid, or any of that other crap that makes Zambrano less valuable than he should be.