KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Ozzie shed some more light on his infamous dinner with suspended Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano Friday.
Ozzie said it wasn’t just a spur of the moment meal. Rather, it was a business gathering set up by Ozzie’s wife, Ibis. Andruw Jones and his wife and family were also at the dinner.
Ozzie said Zambrano is always donating money to worthy causes back in Venezuela, and his wife was talking with Z about setting up a foundation, not his meltdown earlier in the day at U.S. Cellular Field
“We didn't go to dinner for me to talk to him about what happened,” Ozzie said Tuesday. “The last thing we talked about is what he did. We talked about life, about being in Venezuela, we talked about a project my wife has for him back home. Obviously, when that thing happens, it was that day we had dinner. I know a few people were upset or don't like it.
“We planned the dinner because my wife had to talk to him about lot of different things. My wife does a lot of stuff for him in Venezuela. If I see Carlos hitting one of my players or we fight that day against Carlos, then I wouldn't have dinner with him, that's not the right way.”
As Bruce Miles reported yesterday, Zambrano is scheduled to have some anger management counseling before returning to the Cubs.
Ozzie had similar counseling in 2006.
“I don't think you're going to change (Zambrano),” Ozzie said. “For me, it didn't work. I'm the same … when you make a statement and you're willing to do something, you have to back it up. If you told your team, ‘I apologize and I'm sorry’ and you mean it and move on, people will (forgive). I think Carlos is doing the right thing. I think the Cubs are doing the right thing.
“But enough is enough. Carlos has already talked with the Cubs. Everything is good with the Cubs. I don't say great, but it's better, everything is on the table. He's doing what he should be doing, going for help. Be sure you talk to the team and move on.”