Chicago Cubs: Top five most memorable ejections of all-time

Carlos Zambrano / Chicago Cubs (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Carlos Zambrano / Chicago Cubs (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Chicago Cubs: The poor Gatorade machine never stood a chance.

The first thing you are probably asking yourself seeing Carlos Zambrano on a list of ejection is, “Which time?”

Well this particular one happened on May 27, 2009 at Wrigley Field against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was the seventh inning and the Cubs were up 2-1. Big Z was pitching a very good ballgame to that point, but he got himself in a jam as the speedy Nyjer Morgan was at third with one way. A wild pitch trickled away from catcher Geovany Soto was quickly tracked down as both Morgan and Zambrano dashed for the plate. Soto flipped the ball to Zambrano just as Morgan slid into home and on a very close play, Morgan was called safe by home plate umpire Mark Carlson.

An infuriated Zambrano, who obviously believed he got him, jumped and screamed in disgust. He then got right into Carlson’s face as he continued to yell and then got the boot when he bumped him. Zambrano’s level of fury was turned up another 10 levels as he mocked “threw out” Carlson before throwing the baseball in his hand towards the bleachers. What happened next is what most people talk about to this day when they recall this particular ejection.

While heading towards the tunnel, Zambrano took a bat and began smashing the Gatorade machine that was sitting right next to the entrance. He got in a good four solid swings at the defenseless machine as the top cover of it was smashed off. Ironically, that would be the end of the Gatorade machine in the dugout. #RIP.