While no one seemed particularly upset that Carlos Zambrano stormed out of the Cubs clubhouse and claimed he was retired after being ejected during a terrible start in Atlanta Friday night, Jim Hendry wasn’t able to hide his giddiness. The Cubs GM was so excited at the prospect of unloading the nearly $45 million in salary Zambrano stands to make for the rest of his contract that he sent his melted-down starter a bouquet congratulating him on his retirement.
“I just want Z to know I fully support his decision to retire,” said Hendry. “In this economy, to be able to retire at the age of 30 really is something. Way to go Big Z!”
Since Zambrano is currently AWOL from the team, Hendry said he wasn’t sure where to send the flowers so he sent him to Zambrano’s ranch in his native Venezuela.
“Wherever he is, I really want to wish Big Z the best in the future,” said Hendry. “And if he feels like going to Venezuela for the rest of his life, he’ll find a very nice Edible Arrangement there waiting for him.”