The Bald Truth
First, he lost in match play to some dude who had to use a long putter, and now he's tied for 40th place at Doral?
Hey, I thought this Eldrick Woods guy was supposed to be good.
"If I used a DH today, I would have a big headache, so we'll let Carlos get his at-bats." - Lou Piniella
Oh, Carlos Zambrano got his at-bats in Thursday's exhibition game against the Japan WBC team. Two of them. Result: 2 Ks, 4 LOBs.
Who does Cra-Z think he is? Kosuke Fukudome?
At least Zambrano fessed up to caring deeply about being named the opening day starter for the fifth straight season. He had been saying it didn't matter.
It matters to Carlos. And to anybody who wants to see the Cubs win the opener. In four career first-day starts, Cra-Z is winless and has a 5.59 ERA.
He has admitted that he puts too much pressure on himself, which kind of makes you wonder why not just let Ryan Dempster take the start this year at Houston.
Maybe Lou just wants Zambrano's bat in the lineup against Roy Oswalt.
THE BALDEST TRUTH
I felt kind of bad after watching my Marquette Golden Warrior Eagles battle back from a 17-point deficit only to lose at the buzzer to Villanova. Then I saw some of Thursday's other scores.
Pitt, the team I declared the nation's best just a few days ago, was smacked around pretty good by West Virginia. Oklahoma and UConn, two other possible NCAA tourney No. 1 seeds, were upset by Oklahoma State and Syracuse, respectively. Kansas lost to Baylor and Clemson fell to the ACC's last-place team, Georgia Tech.
Hey, at least Villanova is one of the best dozen teams in the country.
Yeah, I know: Moral victories are for wimps.
Guilty as charged.