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Kevin Millar brings us inside the mind of Carlos Zambrano

David Brown
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Thanks to Kevin Millar(notes), of all people, we have an idea of what's going through the mind of Carlos Zambrano(notes).

Suspending him for three games without pay at first, the Chicago Cubs placed Zambrano on the restricted list effective Tuesday because of his dugout-burst over the weekend. Zambrano will not return to the team before the All-Star break, and he's not saying much.

But he is talking to Millar — a spring training teammate for all of seven weeks in February and March who is now retired from playing and works as an analyst for the MLB Network.

Ignoring an overture from teammate Alfonso Soriano(notes) and perhaps others, Zambrano took a call from Millar on Saturday and told him the embarrassing tantrum has been misunderstood.

Via the Chicago Tribune:

"There wasn't one play that made him mad, it was just the whole team and the way they've been playing made him mad and then he was frustrated, he said, after his inning and came in and was basically trying to pump all the guys up," Millar said.

Millar said he told Zambrano: "Straight up, I said... 'You can't say the team's playing like girls ... You can't say that this whole team that's not clicking for some reason' or 'We're not playing hard' because he's a big part of that problem."

So, Big Z told his teammates they were playing like girls? While Zambrano is getting treated for his poor anger management, the Cubs also might want to add a class on remedial motivation tactics.

Speaking of which, Millar doesn't seem to buy the whole anger management treatment angle.

"I think this is the new fad that we're trying to show that at least there's an effort there," Millar said.

If that's how Zambrano treats potential sessions with therapists, like they're selling a "fad" the whole thing is being done only as a "show" of good faith, it won't be effective as treatment and his behavior will continue to get worse.

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