Carlos Zambrano apologizes for 'very embarrassing incident'

Carlos Zambrano apologizes for 'very embarrassing incident'
January 28, 2014, 5:15 pm
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Carlos Zambrano would like to apologize.

The enigmatic former Cubs pitcher helped spur a brawl in the Venezuelan Winter League over the weekend. A couple days later, Big Z took out an ad in the El Nacional newspaper to apologize (h/t HardballTalk)

Zambrano asked his fellow countrymen and the Caribes de Anzoategui baseball team for forgiveness and called the dust-up a "very embarrassing incident."

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The fight started when Zambrano's teammate, Robinson Chirinos, a former Cubs prospect, hit a home run and stared at his moonshot a bit too long.

The Caribes pitcher plunked the next batter, prompting Zambrano to fly onto the field like a bat out of Hell, throwing punches and shouting. He had to be restrained by multiple teammates.

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Zambrano had several similar issues in Chicago, including punching Cubs catcher Michael Barrett in 2007, getting into a shouting match with Derrek Lee in 2010 and abandoning the clubhouse and the team after being pulled from a game in 2011.