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Z's Dinner With Ozzie: Why It Was Wrong

As you probably have heard, Carlos Zambrano and his family went out for a pre-planned dinner with Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and his family after Z’s dugout meltdown on Friday.

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Here, in the words of Lou Piniella, is why Z should have cancelled:

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‘’Look, let me tell you this,’’ Piniella said. ‘’I haven’t seen my daughter since I left for spring training. That was mid-February. She got in Friday night from Tampa, and I got home to my apartment, and my wife and daughter wanted me to go and eat dinner with them.

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‘’I was sick from what happened. And I was very tired, and I was embarrassed. They both went out and ate by themselves. I stayed home. That’s all I’ve got to say about that situation.’’

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Lou isn’t always the most articulate guy, but he nailed it here. Maybe this dinner had been long-planned. But the perception that Z blasted his teammates, then went and had a lovely time with the opposition manager, doesn’t sit well with Cubs players and many fans.

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Thanks for being the voice of reason, Lou.