Zambrano “Really” OK with Dempster Opening Day Nod – Wrigley Field 2/23/11

Posted on 23 February 2011 by Lou

Maybe this is a good sign.  As we reported the other day, Carlos Zambrano really is OK with Manager Mike Quade naming Ryan Dempster his opening day starter, breaking a 6-year streak held by Big Z.  Quade brought Dempster, Zambrano and newly acquired Matt Garza into his office to share the news and to explain his rationale for setting up the rotation the way he did for his 3 “aces”.  It was a sign of respect from Quade that he considers all 3 starters to be top-of-the-line starters in his re-vamped rotation.  Zambrano was disappointed with the decision, but he appears to have taken it in stride: “Nothing lasts forever.  I wanted to be the Opening Days starter for all my years with the Cubs, but they chose Dempster for Opening Day.  And it’s OK with me… He’s been pitching better than I have the past two years.  He deserves it.”

WOW – could we really be seeing the new Carlos Zambrano.  If he truly has his head on straight – and like I said before, I won’t believe it until he lasts a WHOLE season without incident – he could be primed and ready for a big 2011.  If he can regain the form that made him one of the best starters in the National League, the Cubs could end up surprising some teams with nice trio of Demspter, Big Z and Garza.  Let’s hope this trend continues…

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