Maybe it was just one bad game too many. Maybe he's feeling altruistic. Maybe he's burnt out. Maybe it is just time to go.
As we all know, a few days ago in Atlanta, Zambrano gave up five home runs against the Braves and got ejected for throwing a ball at Chipper Jones plus some general antics. Right away, Big Z, visibly frustrated, cleaned out his locker and claimed that he is "retiring".
Since last week's tomfoolery, Zambrano's agent said he's not retiring and the Cubs have suspended him for a month without pay.
Without ruthlessly ushering him out the door, it is tempting for Cubs fans to think about the possibilities of what could come if a highly-paid yet under-performing starter like Carlos Zambrano were to retire and make room in the Cubs' clubhouse.
Really...What's the worst that could happen?