The Joke's On Lou

By Chris Rewers on Friday, June 25, 2010

There was nothing funny about Carlos Zambrano's embarrassing dugout tirade Friday.

Zambrano was sent home by manager Lou Piniella and later suspended indefinitely by general manager Jim Hendry after he had to be restrained from teammate Derrek Lee and smashed a Gatorade container following a four-run White Sox first.

After the game, Piniella was cracking jokes.

"Piniella said it's the first time he had to send a player home before a game ended since sending Milton Bradley home from a game last season," ESPN Chicago reports. "That game also happened to be against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

"'Boy, every time we come here,' Piniella joked.

"It's the first time since last season? No kidding?'"

No kidding, Lou.

"It's good that Piniella can joke about it," writes ESPN's Rob Neyer. "It's good that Piniella can joke about the second time in two years that a high-visibility, well-paid player had to be sent home in the middle of a season. It's good that Piniella can joke about something that almost never happens in other organizations (let alone solid organizations). It's good that Piniella can joke about Zambrano's second dugout fight in three years (granted, the first had better video.)

"I don't know. Seems to me that while Zambrano's obviously got some anger issues, the Cubs also have some management issues. Their general manager keeps committing gobs of money to players who can't control their tempers, and their manager just throws up his hands and makes jokes.

"None of it matters much, this season. But I'll bet next spring we see an 'Under New Management' sign."

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