Less than a week after Carlos Zambrano joined our list of weird injuries by hurting his neck watching late-night TV, he almost found himself back on it due to Zambrano-like antics. Unlike all American and most National League pitchers, Zambrano takes hitting very seriously. The Cubs would probably prefer that he focus on hurling the ball and not get himself worked up over smashing it, but that just isn’t in Big Z’s nature. Zambrano is hitting .241 this season and has 22 homers in his 10 year career as a full-time MLB player — nothing to turn your nose up at from a guy who hits 9th in the lineup once every five games.
Because of his success at the plate, Zambrano expects a lot from himself. That’s probably why he was so angry (despite having learned to control his anger issues) when Astros rookie Jordan Lyles struck him out in the fifth inning on Tuesday night. Check out the video of Carlos Zambrano breaking a bat over his knee, courtesy of YouTube user houbaseballfreak: