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Carlos Zambrano’s Offseason Workouts Need 1980s Training Montage Music

After reading about the intense offseason workouts Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano is putting himself through down in Venezuela as he prepares  to come into spring training hellbent on rebuilding the tattered reputation he has been recklessly destroying through years of volatile and all-out goofy behavior, it sure sounds like “Big Z” derived inspiration for his conditioning regiment by watching the movies Rocky III and Rocky IV.

To wit, here’s what Zambrano had to say Monday while participating in the Venezuelan winter league’s annual home run derby (via the Chicago Tribune):

“I’m preparing like when I was a rookie, climbing mountains, running on the beach, and exercising hard so that I can arrive at spring training in optimal shape,” Zambrano told Joiner Martinez at Líder en Deportes, according to a report on “I want to stay in Chicago for the two seasons I still have with the team. I’m not a coward who would take the back door out of the majors.”

Awesome. Sure sounds like his workouts would fit perfectly into a 1980s training montage. A couple of questions, though: what song is playing in Zambrano’s head during training? “Gonna Fly Now” from Rocky III‘s beach running montage or is it John Cafferty’s “Hearts on Fire” from the Rocky IV soundtrack?

Finally, when Zambrano finally does reach that mountain top, what does he yell? My guess is it’s “THEEEEEEEOOOOOOOO!!!!” That would work.