He might be off the caffiene and energy drinks but even a better hydrated, less jacked-up Carlos Zambrano is no less hulking, animated and reactionary on the mound than he ever was. Anyboyd watching Friday's game on TV saw that in the Phillies' decisive sixth inning when Pat Burrell drove a run-scoring double over lead-footed Daryle Ward, who was in right field getting his first start of the season.
Zambrano threw up his arms and tossed his head in exasperation at the play -- one of several moments in the game he reacted emotionally and vigorously.
The apparent show of anger at a teammate was downplayed and denied in the clubhouse afterward. Asked if Zambrano was agitated, manager Lou Piniella said, ``I don't know about that. I don't think that was a problem.''
Although it looked like a ball Kosuke Fukudome might have caught if he wasn't playing center for the day, Piniella defended Ward, saying, ``I don't think anybody would have caught the ball that Burrell hit.''
Zambrano said none of the plays in that ugly sixth inning -- including a foul ball off third that third baseman Aramis Ramirez overran -- bothered him. ``No, not at all,'' he said.
And he wasn't upset, he said, at himself or anybody else. ``No, no.''
But he didn't deny that he got emotional.
``Always,'' he said, smiling. ``You're talking with Carlos Zambrano, man. Always.''